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Strive to bring smiles to poor: Mashelkar

CSIR DIRECTOR general RA Mashelkar underlined the importance of innovation in terms of technology, policy for the betterment of the poor. It is imperative that best minds of the world strive to bring smiles to the poor by producing cost-effective products and things pertaining to basic amenities. He said that technology is available but it is not accessible to the poor and hence, they are deprived of its benefits.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 01:26 IST

CSIR DIRECTOR general RA Mashelkar underlined the importance of innovation in terms of technology, policy for the betterment of the poor. It is imperative that best minds of the world strive to bring smiles to the poor by producing cost-effective products and things pertaining to basic amenities.

He said that technology is available but it is not accessible to the poor and hence, they are deprived of its benefits. “We need to put natural resources, modern science and traditional knowledge together so that problems of the poor could be addressed effectively and comprehensively,” he said, while delivering a lecture at Lucknow University on Sunday, to mark the 85th Foundation Day celebrations of the varsity.

The DG CSIR pointed out that statistics suggests that in India, 200 million people are illiterate.

However, he observed that though the illiteracy rate is declining, it is doing so at snail’s pace. And at that rate, it would take at least 20 years to clear the backlog. But with the advent of innovative technology, software has been developed that has successfully carried out the task of making people literate at a fast pace.

“Fifty years back, foreign-made cars used to run on Indian roads. But now it is only due to innovation in technology and policy that we see Indian-made cars zooming even in developed countries. Also in the telecommunication sector, there used to be a long waiting list. Now, with the advent of private players, not just the competition has increased but quality has also improved,” he said.

Mashelkar painted a sorry world picture. He said in the world 1 billion people are living their life at less than a dollar a day, 120 million children are out of schools and 800 million people go to bed on an empty stomach. Worst is that India’s share is maximum in all the three categories.

Alone in India, 50 pc children go to school and 6 pc of them go beyond 10th standard. He stated that all of India’s professionals account for only 0.01 pc of the population. He pointed that development of a country is possible only when the poor of the country get a taste of it.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 01:26 IST