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Tech need for India differs from US

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 00:19 IST

Principal Scientific advisor to the Government of India, Prof R Chidambaram said that technological need of India cannot be same for USA.

He was delivering a lecture on ‘Directed Basic Research’ at SN Bose Hall, Physics Department of Science Faculty in Banaras Hindu University here on Thursday afternoon.

Prof Chidambaram said that the technological need of India and USA are different and therefore the research idea for India should not be USA-oriented.

He said that America is presently leading in innovation of scientific ideas but now India wanted to lead in this direction.

He said that as of now India has been making fast breeder reactors and focusing on rural  food processing.

He discussed about `Nuclear Technology Foresight' and said that this is a nuclear power programme which has been divided into three stages. “First is credible minimum nuclear deterrent, second is focus on agriculture, medicine and industry whereas the third is development of major facilities for research,” he said.

Prof Chidambaram further added that science education has also been divided in three stages. “First is Newtonian science which is meant for basic scientific knowledge, the second stage is Baconian science in which focus is to serve the society's need by the application of known knowledge whereas the third stage is Jeffersonion science in which focus is to serve society's need by application of new knowledge.

He stressed upon the need to develop interest among students towards science.
Vice-Chancellor of BHU, Prof Panjab Singh presided over the function and said that efforts were on to get Science Faculty of BHU recognised as Institute of Science.

Prof Panjab Singh welcomed the guests and also felicitated Prof Chidambaram. Emeritus Professor at Physics Department, Prof ON Srivastava introduced Prof Chidambaram to the audience and also proposed a formal vote of thanks.