Even as India's economy becomes increasingly globalised, it is essential to base the country's education system on its civilisational values, said President APJ Abdul Kalam here on Wednesday.
"I personally believe, when the nation is progressing towards economic development, it is also essential to build our education system with values drawn from our civilisational heritage," he said.
Laying the stone for the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), on the outskirt of state capital Bhubaneswar, the President said youths aspire to live in a peaceful, happy, prosperous and safe nation.
"It means that economic prosperity alone is not sufficient. It has to be complimented with the value systems of our civilizational heritage, which has shaped the Indian people," Kalam said.
"Though we may have series of problems, billion people have the connectivity that gives us the strength to meet those challenges, and institutions like IIIT have an important role to play," he said.
President Kalam, who is in Orissa on a two-day visit to the eastern state, will return to Delhi on Wednesday.