India needs to scale up research in solar energy: Ramesh

Last Updated: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 21:03

Mumbai: India`s problem is not lack of
knowledge but the lack of successful transition from
research-based knowledge to sustainable commerciality, Union
Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said
Saturday.

"Of the top ten solar energy companies across the globe,
four are Chinese. If India does not scale up in terms of
research in the field of solar energy then ten years down the
line we may end up buying it from Chinese companies," Ramesh
said.

The Minister said there should be a balance between
environment and development. "As we need to sustain economic
growth of 8 to 9 per cent and protect the environment as well
there should be a middle way. As environment and development
go hand-in-hand a balance should be maintained between the
two," he said.

The Minister said one of the challenges is to look for
talented youth in the field of environment.

"Future of research in the field of environment does not
seem to be bright as there is not much young talent, we see
people in the age group of 35 and above," he said.

This is due to various reasons like less incentive,
retaining old people and not considering the young talent,
Ramesh said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 21:03

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