Focus on science and tech, varsities told

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CHARMING AS EVER: Former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam signs an autograph for a little girl at NIRD on Monday.
CHARMING AS EVER: Former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam signs an autograph for a little girl at NIRD on Monday.

Turn out skilled professionals, says former President Dr. Kalam

HYDERABAD: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Monday called upon universities to turn out a global cadre of skilled professionals in science and technology to make India realise its dream of becoming a developed nation by 2020. Delivering a distinguished lecture at the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) here, in connection with its tenth anniversary, he remarked that excellent minds in basic science, research and education were needed to achieve the country’s goal.

540 million youth

Dr. Kalam stressed that 540 million youth in the country should work hard to pave the way for its transformation into a developed one, using S&T as the means. To achieve this, more focus was required on higher education and universities played a very significant role in giving a right thrust to the goal.

“These 540 million youth will make the country’s dream a reality.” To drive home his point of view, the former President cited the examples of five Nobel laureates, including Sir C.V. Raman, who worked with single-minded dedication, commitment and passion. Meanwhile, Dr. Kalam asked the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) to include in its technology bank (TeBank) 25 innovations which were commercialised by the National Innovation Foundation.

Inaugurating a two-day national consultation on TeBank at the NIRD here, Mr. Kalam stressed the importance of technology for societal transformation. The technologies should target rural populations engaged in farm and non-farm sectors. He wanted identification of grassroots innovators to promote innovation that could be integrated with technology which had a shelf-life.

Dr. Kalam was of the view that rural people had the capacity to find creative solutions to their problems but they needed institutional support. The NIRD could go to their help by establishing a network of ambassadors who took up technology transfer.

NIRD Director-General B.K. Sinha said the TeBank was technology-centric alone and focussed on small farmer, rural labour, rural entrepreneur, small trader and women.



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