India should not depend on foreign technologies: Kakodkar

Last Updated: Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 14:47

Bhopal: Former chairman of the Atomic
Energy Commission, Dr Anil Kakodkar, said that India should
not depend on foreign technologies, if the country wants to
become the world leader.

"If we remain dependent on foreign technologies, we
can never become a world leader. Our education system must
produce empowered youths who can pull the country up the
ladder," Kakodkar said
here on Saturday while addressing the sixth convocation of the
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT).

The eminent nuclear scientist said, "Education is a
route to enlightenment and a tool for empowerment. If carried
out effectively education can transform our youths into a huge
human capital and make India one of the most powerful nations
in the world."

Stressing on the need for making orientation of
students India-centric, he said, it is necessary that the
orientation of students should remain India-focused and not
focused to the west.

"The domestic lineage between high level of research
activities and its conversion into new innovative technologies
can be nurtured only on the basis of such an orientation," he
said.

Referring to the research activities in India, he
said, "The efforts required to translate a laboratory
development into an industrially robust product are many times
larger. We have not paid sufficient attention to bridging this
gap."

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 14:47

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