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India, EU must come together for science's sake: Kalam

The president says India and EU must bring together their core competencies for the benefit of society, reports Satyen Mohapatra.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2007 23:53 IST

India and EU must bring together their core competencies to evolve a World Knowledge Platform and a Global Human Resource Centre to bring the benefit of scientific research to the grass roots level of the society, President APJ Abdul Kalam told a galaxy of science icons from India and Europe.

Science cannot be developed inside an ivory tower but has to become partner in societal progress, he said.

Two noble laureates - Dr Bert Sakmann, Department of Cell Physiology, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg and Prof Paul J Crutzen, Emeritus Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Dr CNR Rao were among the scientists present.

Dr Kalam was participating in the "Interaction Meet of EU and Indian Science Icons with Indian Students" on the occasion of India-EU Ministerial Science Conference.

Answering questions put by students he stressed the importance of inculcating value system of the civilizational heritage among students.

He said the government was working on changing science syllabus to make it more "creativity" oriented.

He said that the most important ingredient for realizing a prosperous society is the ignited minds of the youth using science and technology as a powerful tool.

The challenge before the scientific community is to provide clean water, energy Independence, good habitation, pollution free atmosphere and health for all leading to a peaceful, happy and prosperous planet.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Annette Schavan, Federal Minister of Education and Research, Germany said that science is not only based on the wisdom of old but also on the queries of young for a better world.

First Published: Feb 08, 2007 23:53 IST