Former president and celebrated scientist, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, has said India needs innovation and creative thinking to develop technologies that will help it move ahead of other countries.
“If the country’s status is to improve, we need to promote excellence in technology,” Kalam said, while delivering a speech during the 12th convocation of the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, on Thursday.
Known as the ‘Missile Man’ for his contribution to India’s ballistic missile and launch vehicles, Kalam said India ranked 60 in the latest Global Competitiveness Report and that it needed to change.
“Excellence is not by accident. It is a process, where an individual or organisation or nation continuously strives to better oneself,” he said.
He identified the technological breakthroughs in 2014 that contributed to the betterment of humanity and cited examples like the human embryonic stem cell technologies that could give mankind a cure for diabetes.
He also spoke on convergence between space sciences, traction and rocketry technologies and the ‘internet of things’.
The former president also urged students to strive to be remembered for creating societal changes by removing poverty through new technologies. He gave them an eight-point oath and called upon them to be enlightened citizens towards building the future society with innovation.