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Kerry Visits IIT, Walks Out Impressed With Students

"Very exciting" and "excellent" were the words used by US Secretary of State John Kerry as he visited two laboratories at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology here today and interacted with the students.

Kerry, who is here for the 5th Indo-US Strategic Dialogue, took time out of his schedule and visited the Applied Microbiology Laboratory and Bio-process lab.

Professor R K Shevgaonkar, Director of the IIT, Delhi told PTI that the American Embassy had specifically mentioned the laboratories that Kerry wanted to visit.

Dressed in a blue suit, Kerry interacted with the students there and asked a number of questions about the processes involved, the education fees, patent system and also if they would get a job in India or would they have to go out.

Kerry was very pleased to see a research project on bio-degradable plastic. As a student explained the project to him, Kerry said, "Very exciting. It would be a huge contribution to the world. Very exciting. Fantastic."

Kunal Gupta, who is part of the project, said he was proud that Kerry visited his institute.

"I am very proud to be part of a institute which is recognised in the US as well. They (US) have done a lot of research which is much ahead of us and Kerry's visit to the institute makes us feel very good," said Gupta.

Kerry also visited the lab which was using algae to clean water and to produce biomass.

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4/D-143
Jul 31, 2014
09:03 PM

I dont think Modi is susceptible to flattery. So all the buttering up by Kerry may not amount to much in the end.

Nevertheless, Kerry is an expert in the art of buttering up. He must be called "Butter mama" from now on.

Akash Verma, Chennai
3/D-139
Jul 31, 2014
08:34 PM

Did anyone tell Kerry that he is in India and not in China? I have never seen an American grovelling this much in India.

Akash Verma, Chennai
2/D-138
Jul 31, 2014
08:30 PM

The lengths to which kerry is going to woo Modi is fascinating. Sashtanga namaskar is not known to Americans. If kerry had known that, he would fallen flat in front of Modi. He is doing everything else at the moment.

Akash Verma, Chennai
1/D-135
Jul 31, 2014
08:16 PM

Now John Kerry welcomes the saffron revolution!!!!!!!! From visa denial to becoming a pracharak in RSS, John Kerry has covered quite a distance in so short a time.

What next? Has Kerry got any plans to do Ganga arati?

Akash Verma, Chennai
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