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TAMBARAM: Convergence of information, communication, aerospace and nano-technologies are the hope for the future, former President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam said on Saturday.

Speaking at ‘Aaruush 2007,’ a national-level technical fest at SRM University in Kattankulathur, he said information and communication technologies had already converged to form ICT, and IT had combined with biotechnology resulting in bio-informatics.

“Nanotechnology is knocking at our doors and is the field of the future,” Dr. Kalam said, adding that material convergence would take place when it combined with Information and Communication Technology. If biotechnology and material convergence were linked, a new science called “Intelligent Bio-Science” would be born, leading to a disease-free, happy and more intelligent human habitat with longevity and higher human capabilities, the former President said.

On the responsibilities of teachers, he said their love for teaching and experience in research were vital for the institutions’ growth. “Experience of research leads to quality teaching” and this would in turn impart training to the youth. He called upon the students to graduate out of educational institutions as enlightened citizens, and reminded them that they had a major role in making India a developed nation before 2020.

Righteousness

“When knowledge acquired is used with righteousness and courage in all educational campuses, we will have empowered and enlightened citizens, that was required for growth of the nation,” the former President said. Outlining the distinct profile of ‘India 2020’, he said there were five sectors where the country had core competence: agriculture and food processing, reliable and quality electric power, surface transport and infrastructure all over the country, education and healthcare, ICT and self-reliance in critical technologies. “If progressed in a coordinated way, it will lead to food, economic and national security,” he pointed out.

He urged academicians at SRM University to extend services under the PURA (Providing Urban amenities in Rural Areas) scheme. Multidisciplinary teams could be formed by SRM colleges located in rural areas to plan PURA complexes in Kancheepuram district with clear goals such as education for all, enhanced employment opportunities both farm and non-farm, creation of rural enterprises based on the core competence of the region and provision of quality healthcare to all people.

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