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Knowledge pool for NRIs

Kalam asks expatriate Indians to help in providing quality higher education to Indian youth, reports Srinand Jha.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 03:05 IST

Outlining concepts of a "World Knowledge Platform" and a "Global Human Resource Cadre", President APJ Abdul Kalam on Tuesday asked the community of overseas Indians to participate in the "great transformation" happening in India.

"I have put forward the concept of a world knowledge platform for integrating the core competencies of partner countries for enabling joint design, cost effective production and marketing of knowledge products in the fields of energy, water, healthcare, automobiles and capacity building," the President said while addressing the concluding session of the fifth Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas.

Speaking about the need for the creation of a global human resources cadre, President Kalam said that 10 million Indian youth were presently being injected in the employment market annually, while the country's need for talented, skilled and educated individuals were poised to radically grow.

Asking for the participation of the expatriate Indian community in providing quality higher education to Indian youth, the president said that the People of Indian Origin (PIOs) could also facilitate the birth of enterprises by providing ideas, funding and nurturing the enterprises. This will enable the Indian youth to become employment generators instead of being employment seekers.

The president also floated the idea of providing educational opportunities to certain sections of Indians living abroad. Referring to the advantages in bringing together the core competencies of two countries, the President spoke about India's successful experiment with Russia for the design, development and production of the BRAHMOS missile system.

"What has been achieved by this joint venture is the development and realisation of a world class product using the synergy of technological competence", Kalam said. Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia asked the overseas Indians to take advantage of the opportunities on offer in the 'new India'.

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