Nuclear technology offers immense potential for development, says Principal Scientific Advisor to government
HYDERABAD: Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, R. Chidambaram, has said that India should leverage international collaborations in scientific research to fill ‘knowledge gaps' for development of high technology areas.
Talking to reporters after delivering the A.V. Rama Rao Technology Award lecture at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) here on Monday, he said there were many areas to take up such collaborations. Citing the example of interaction between Collaborative Automative Research (CAR) established by PSA's office and Fraunhofer of Germany, he said Canada was also keen to partner with Indian institutions in many fields.
Earlier delivering the lecture, he said that with many developed countries facing recession, this was the right time to bring them on board for collaborative projects.
He said the Rs.5,600-crore National Knowledge Network (NKN), which was approved by the Union Cabinet recently, would provide an additional advantage in connecting NKN to high-speed networks in other countries. NKN would interconnect all the research, higher education and scientific institutions in the country with speeds scalable eventually up to the order of 10s of gigabits per second.
Pointing out that expanded use of nuclear technology offered immense potential to meet important development needs, Dr. Chidambaram said that it was being accepted as an important mitigating technology in the context of climate change.
He said that for nuclear energy to be a sustainable mitigation technology, the nuclear fuel cycle has to be closed, both in India as well as other countries .
He advocated a three-step strategy for India in development of “all high technology areas” comprising optimal use of visible capabilities and stimulating latent capabilities, apart from leveraging international collaborations. He suggested establishing ‘coherent synergy' with components like human resource development, R&D and academia-industry interaction spanning across each step.
Speaking of ‘technology foresight and critical technologies', he said critical technologies for India today are strategic technologies (nuclear, space and defence-related); advanced manufacturing and process technologies; advanced materials technologies; IT, nanotechnology and biotechnology, SME and rural development-related technologies.
IICT in collaboration AVRA Laboratories Pvt. Ltd instituted A.V. Rama Rao Technology Award to mark ‘National Technology Day'.