Telecom guru Sam Pitroda said on Wednesday that India should develop an indigenous model for development that focuses on low-cost solutions, instead of copying the consumption-based American economic model, which is unsuitable for India.
"I personally believe the US model of consumption-based economy is not scalable, sustainable for a country like ours," said Pitroda, Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission, an advisory body to the Prime Minister.
Addressing participants via videoconferencing from Chicago at TechED 2010, a technology conclave organised by the Microsoft Corporation, Pitroda said India has its own challenges and requires an Indian model focused on low-cost solutions.
"We need to learn to innovate on our own," he said, adding, India needs to look at new development models in areas such as education and health.
Adviser to Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations, Pitroda said India's rural areas could become outsourcing hubs for urban centres. "If Bangalore can become back-office of America, why can't our rural areas become back-office of urban areas," he said.