Following a successful annual conference that featured a speech by Information Technology Research Academy director Narendra Ahuja, the Global Indian Technology Professionals Association announced a partnership with ITRA to help transform India. (photo provided)

The Global Indian Technology Professionals Association announced that it has teamed with the Information Technology Research Academy to participate in technology-driven projects and mentorship to help transform India.

The announcement comes in the wake of ITRA director Narendra Ahuja addressing dozens of high tech professionals and entrepreneurs at GITPRO’s recent 2017 annual conference.

GITPRO, a 2009-founded global networking platform for Indian American tech professionals contributing to enhancing their leadership and motivating to participate in India's progress, said its vision aligns with ITRA's, making the partnership a no-brainer.

At the conference, Ahuja discussed his vision, as well as a detailed account of ITRA, which is a pilot project initiative sponsored by the Indian government’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology for a new model of enhancing quality and impact of research and advanced education in India.

Ahuja, a distinguished academic with close to four decades of experience, is currently a research professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Beckman Institute and Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He has authored more than 450 journal and conference papers and three books and has supervised thesis research of roughly 150 students.

In his speech at the conference, Ahuja emphasized the need for an ecosystem of practical innovation with measurable results required for India. He also stressed providing tools and frameworks for Tier II and Tier III institutions for participating in this vision, according to a GITPRO news release.

The efforts of ITRA for the last three years is already showing results with participation across India that has yielded as many as 17 new products and nine patents, it added.

The wide range of projects are focused towards problem solving in a variety of social cases.

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