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US Secretary of State John Kerry visits IIT; walks out impressed with students

Kerry was very pleased to see a research project on bio-degradable plastic.

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, speaks with graduate students about their work at the Indian Institute of Technology in in New Delhi. (Source: AP photo) U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, speaks with graduate students about their work at the Indian Institute of Technology in in New Delhi. (Source: AP photo)

“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 on Thursday 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”.

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