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'IITians should work on rural technologies'

Students of IIT should spend at least one year in innovating technologies to transform India's interior parts.

india Updated: Aug 17, 2006 00:54 IST

Students of the Indian Institutes of Technology(IIT) should spend at least one year in innovating technologies to transform the interior parts of the country, eminent rural technologist Anil k Rajvanshi said in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Addressing students at IIT in Mumbai on 'Nation building—IITians and happiness', Rajvanshi said the students as soon as they pass out from IIT should devote at least one or two years in innovating technologies, especially for drinking water and electricity for the rural population.

"If India has to become the third biggest economic power by 2012, the young graduates should work on the rural technologies before joining MBA courses," Rajvanshi, who is the director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Insititute, Phaltan, said.

He said nation building is all about improving the environment, which in turn brings happiness.

Rajvanshi also appealed to the material scientists and nano technologists to come forward to improve some of the existing rural technologies to make them more efficient and cost-effective.

First Published: Aug 17, 2006 00:54 IST