“A nation has to evolve as a knowledge centre through innovation and creativity,” said the former President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, at an event to mark the completion of 25 years of the networking solutions company MRO-TEK.

“Innovation leads to technological development. One must innovate to differentiate, integrate society and bridge divide between people. Creativity is in seeing the same things as everyone else and inventing something different. Creativity involves reapplying existing ideas, accepting change and being flexible in outlook,” said Dr. Kalam, addressing a gathering of MRO-TEK employees, families and friends here on Friday. He also commended the company's data communication research as a success story. “IT sector, perhaps, single-handedly changed the perception of the world towards India,” he said.

Listing out achievements of India in the field of technology, he said that educational institutions and industry should equally contribute to the entrepreneur development, and should be a part of the engineering technology education.

MRO-TEK started with line drivers when the computer revolution was just taking off and local area network did not exist, a release said. The company added new products such as modems, multiplexers, switches and routers in its offering and soon reached over two million miles of connectivity.

“From the beginning, our focus has been in networking and our endeavour has been to sustain high-tech innovation, aimed at developing customer-built products that suit Indian conditions at affordable prices,” MRO-TEK Chairman and Managing Director S. Narayanan said.

He also announced that “Recently, Daisy 105, a broadband access product developed by us was granted a patent.

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