PRESIDENT A P J Abdul Kalam on Thursday said convergence of nano, bio and information technology held the key to better health care in the country and exhorted young scientists to achieve self-reliance in instrumentation.
Addressing a national symposium on instrumentation at the institute of Technologies and Management, Kalam said convergence of technology was the trend of the day and it would play a important role in the development of health sciences.
Indian scientists should work towards development of the instruments for health care, which is now being imported, the President said.
He said nano technology has revolutionised health care. Scientists have developed nano robot, which treats cancer, and Banaras Hindu University has developed a simple method to purify water using nano technology. Defence Research and Development Organization in Gwalior has also devised a kit to detect typhoid using nano sensors, the result of which was more accurate than the Vidal test, he said. He said nano technology is also being used in treating eye ailments.
Exhorting the young scientists to face challenges, Kalam said he has learnt from great scientists like Satish Dhawan, Brahma Prakash and Vikram Sarabhai not to be cowed down in the face of challenges.
Governor Balaram Jakhar, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also addressed the function.
Earlier, addressing the convocation of the RDVV Kalam said in Jabalpur that India could be transformed into a developed nation before 2020 if people practised moral leadership.
Sharing his thoughts on ‘Enriching the Society through Education’, Kalam said the universities should among other things strive for research & quality teaching, creativity and innovation, capacity to use the high technology and develop entrepreneurship and moral leadership in the students.
The major challenge before the nation was to uplift 220 million people to above the poverty line and give better life to few more millions.
Former Chief Justice of India RC Lahoti, Former AIIMS Director Dr Sneh Bhargava, Physicist Dr VC Sahni and Director General of Ordnance Services Lt. Gen. Dr DDS Sandhu were conferred ‘honoris causa’ at the convocation.
He recalled how the students during his younger days were taught about the great personalities and spritiual leaders of different hues, who stood for moral values. He said that the country’s GDP is growing at more than 8 per cent per annum on an average. But to uplift the people below the poverty line our economy has to grow at the rate of 10 per cent for at least a decade.