Indian Scientists Should Pioneer New Technologies: Kalam
Date: Wednesday , June 30, 2010
The growth that India has achieved so far is based on patents that have been generated outside the country and it’s time for the scientists in India to become pioneers in innovation and technology development. “Research now must be national, especially in basic science, to be able to meet global competitiveness,” said former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Addressing scientists and students at the Homi Bhabha auditorium, Kalam said that the institute with its rich heritage in research, basic sciences, and technology research can help in upgrading the country’s growth and prosperity.
Kalam emphasized on green energy and told that scientists should focus on moon-based solar power or space power as it is non-polluting. “We should work on safe transmission of solar power from outer space to earth for human habitation. The earth, moon, and mars are not separate entities but strategic entities for humanity,” he added.
Chalking out a mission for scientists, Kalam put forth some scientific challenges such as increasing solar photovoltaic cell efficiency by using carbon nano tubes, nuclear power generation using thorium based reactor, proteomics research, integrated vaccine development, prevention of HIV/AIDS, forecasting earthquakes, and work on adult stem cells, umbilical stem cells, and embryonic stem cells.
Kalam presented a model of ASTROSAT, India's first multi-wavelength astronomy satellite, which will be launched on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in April 2011.