1st APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture and Session
Technology Trends and Future Research Directions for India
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation organised the 1st Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture and a session on Technology Trends and Future Research Directions for India on 10th August 2016 at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. Six students of CSE, ECE and ECS Departments from Dronacharya College of Engineering, Gurgaon attended the lecture.
Delivering the first Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture, Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India and Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, stressed the need to take risks and getting used to the occasional failure when developing new advanced technologies.
The former Atomic Energy Commission of India chairperson, who had played a key role during India’s nuclear tests atPokhran in 1998 along with Dr. Kalam, said that while Indian industries were at the forefront of nuclear and space technologies, other industries lagged behind in terms of innovations. “One major reason why collaboration between academia and the industry hasn’t happened in disciplines other than space and nuclear technology is because most other industries are quite far behind in terms of adopting new technology, so there’s not enough incentive for academia to collaborate.”
Dr. Chidambaram urged the industry to invest more in research and development of new technologies, saying it will be helpful in attracting young talent. He said that the Central Government’s Department of Commerce was in the process of undertaking a comprehensive program to promote collaboration between Industries and Universities. “Steps are being undertaken to identify gaps from the demand side of things, and to rope in academia to solve technology roadblocks experienced by manufacturers,” he explained. Dr. Chidambaram expressed confidence about the government’s willingness to put aside scientific inertia and adopt new technology such as nuclear energy and genetically modified crops.
Citing Dr. Kalam’s vision, Dr. Chidambaram said that improvement in the quality of life in rural areas was the most reliable yardstick to gauge the success of any technology.
At a panel discussion preceding the lecture, former Department of Science and Technology Secretary, Thirumalachari Ramasami pointed at the importance of forging strategic global alliances with other smaller economies, which would lead to a shared market for innovations.
It was a session full of insights and opinions towards a better future of technology and research trends in our nation.