Nation needs creative leadership: Kalam

India needs creative leadership in every professional cadre, changing the role of the leader "from commander to coach, manager to mentor" to fulfil the vision of "developed India", former president APJ Abdul Kalam said.

Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 18:46 PM IST

New Delhi: India needs creative leadership
in every professional cadre, changing the role of the leader
"from commander to coach, manager to mentor" to fulfil the
vision of "developed India", former president APJ Abdul
Kalam said on Wednesday.

Inaugurating the 8th Knowledge Millennium Summit on
"2010-2020: Decade of Innovations: Healthcare, Food Security,
Energy and Water" here, he said, "The higher the proportion of
creative leaders in a nation, the higher the potential of
success of visions like developed India."

As in the changed world scenario "it is not the natural
resources but knowledge defines power", he called for an
overhaul of the country`s education system to make it
"creative, interactive and self-learning".

"The workers instead of being skilled or semi-skilled
will be knowledgeable, self-empowered and flexibly skilled.
The type of work instead of being structured and hardware
driven will be less structured and software driven."

He also asked to involve young minds in the innovation
process.

"I have interacted with many young people who are showing
keen interest to be the part of the process with their
innovative ideas. We have to shape these innovations," Kalam
said.

Professor Michael Graetzel, Director of Laboratory of
Photonics and Interfaces, Switzerland was conferred with
`Millennium Award 2010` by President of ASSOCHAM Swati Piramal
on this occasion.

PTI