Says scientific development should benefit rural poor

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    NEW DELHI: President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam on Thursday wanted India and European Union to identify and implement 25 research projects that would take the benefits of scientific development to the grass roots levels.

    "Indian economy is in ascent phase. There is considerable growth in the manufacturing and service sectors. Still our major population, who are living in the rural sector, have not realised the benefits of the economic growth. Nearly, 200 million people have to be lifted by upgrading their quality of life in both rural and urban areas," he said.

    Addressing an interactive meeting of science icons and the student community, as part of the first-ever India-EU science ministerial conference here, he emphasised the need for evolving a world knowledge forum to bring together the core competences of different countries.The President also called upon universities to work towards increasing the output of higher education from the existing 11 per cent to 20 per cent by 2015, 30 per cent by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2040. Mr. Kalam also wanted them to create two cadres of personnel a global cadre of skilled youth with specific knowledge of special skills and a global cadre of skilled youth with adequate education. "No Indian youth should be without either a world-class higher education or without world-class skill sets."

    Earlier, on Wednesday, scientific collaboration between India and the E.U. reached a new milestone with the holding of the first-ever E.U.-India Ministerial roundtable on Science. Ministers or their representatives from the 27 EU member States attended.