What engineering stream would be most crucial for the 21st century? Electrical, aeronautical or computer engineering? None except ‘Gandhian engineering’, according to eminent scientist and National Innovation Foundation chief R.A. Mashelkar.
Speaking at the global alumni meet of the National Institute of Technology-Warangal Saturday, he said it is time to go for innovation which will benefit people more.
Mashelkar said: “Gandhian engineering is simply getting more from less. This means the design and development of products and services with more performance, from less material, less cost, less time, less environmental pollution and for benefit to not just a privileged few but for more and more people on this planet.
“In fact, for all four billion people whose income levels are less than two dollars a day.”
He said corporates have so far worked hard to get more productivity from less resources. “But now they must embrace Gandhian engineering for more and more people.”
He also sited the Tatas' low-budget car Nano as an example of Gandhian engineering. Nano is the most inexpensive car ($2,000) in the world with exceptional fuel efficiency and emission standards. This means “more from less” - but its affordable price also means “for more and more people”.
NIT Warangal, founded in 1959, is celebrating its golden jubilee year.