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SPCIAL OCCASION:Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister V. K. Saraswat receiving honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at the 77th Convocation of Andhra University in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Vice-Chancellor B. Satyanarayana and Registrar P.V.G.D. Prasad Reddy are also seen.
SPCIAL OCCASION:Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister V. K. Saraswat receiving honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at the 77th Convocation of Andhra University in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Vice-Chancellor B. Satyanarayana and Registrar P.V.G.D. Prasad Reddy are also seen.

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‘Our country is ideally poised to become a knowledge power'

VISAKHAPATNAM: Each and every segment of technology must be given equal importance for the security and wellbeing of our country, observed Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister and Director-General of DRDO V.K. Saraswat here on Saturday.

The security in all aspects depended on the basic premise of knowledge economy with sustainability, he said while delivering the Convocation address on “technology leadership for National development and security” during the 77 {+t} {+h} Convocation of Andhra University.

Earlier, Governor and Chancellor of AU E.S.L. Narasimhan conferred honorary degree of Doctor of Science on Dr. Saraswat.

In the wake of changing technological, environmental, social and economic conditions, it was necessary that we reorient ourselves from development to sustainable development, he said.

According to him, India was ideally poised to become a knowledge power due to its large number of intellectuals, academicians and scientists of high calibre, a growing middle class concentrating on education, quality institutes of research, a large skilled manpower and a well functioning democracy along with 540 million strong youth, the DRDO chief observed. “India should continue to leverage its strengths to assume a leadership role and take on the challenge to build new and resurgent India,” he wished.

Dr. Saraswat discussed various energy sources and their production and the facility and potential the country had with solar energy.

Indians should work on core areas like clean coal technology, nuclear and renewable sources and look for commercially viable applications and wanted AU to take the lead role in this area.

The DRDO Chief, who is also Secretary, Defence Research and Development, discussed in detail the national security and the weapons and systems the DRDO had developed and said that the convergence of bio, nano and informational technologies would make future systems, platforms and weapons. The terrorist attacks called for technologies that were different from the conventional ones.

The next age of war was cyber warfare and the weapons here would be information denial and information espionage. China had already made considerable progress, he said.

Mr. Narasimhan in his presidential address said that one should not forget that a university would shape the destiny of society.

The true benefits of higher education would devolve by seeking more from a university, its teachers and by creating an atmosphere conducive for academic excellence, Mr. Narasimhan opined.

Vice-Chancellor B. Satyanarayana in his annual report explained the various research programmes and projects, and other academic activities and the support from various national research bodies. Prof. Satyanarayana also explained the future programmes.

Rector K.M.M. Krishna Prasad, Registrar P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy, Principals of campus colleges P. Rajendra Prasad, L.K. Mohana Rao, A. Rajendra Prasad, M. Satyanarayana and K. Rammohan Rao along with members of Academic Senate and former VC K. Ramakrishna Rao participated.

Among those who received Ph.D were Chief Executive of Indian Banks Association and former CMD of Andhra Bank K. Ramakrishnan and a senior IAS officer A. Vidya Sagar.


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