Create Wealth to Develop India: Dr. Saraswat

Hyderabad, Jan 9 (Maxim News): Dr V K Saraswat, internationally known scientist and NITI Aayog member, underscored the ‘creation of wealth’ in the country so as to sustain development and take it to the next level.

Delivering the Maulana Azad National Urdu University’s 19th Foundation Day lecture on Monday Dr Saraswat, a winner of numerous global and national awards, said that the progress of the country could not be left to borrowing of technology and improving upon it. “We need to focus on developing our technologies and massively changing those that we import. That would lead to creation of wealth…the road to development is full of perils; we should take risks,” he advised.

Maulana Azad National Urdu University was established in 1998 in Hyderabad. Initially it offered education in Distance Mode but slowly introduced on campus learning. Today it has seven schools that offer courses from bachelor’s to PG to doctorate levels in pure and social sciences, commerce and arts and humanities.

Dr Saraswat who has worked under Dr A P J Abdul Kalam on developing Agni, Prithiv and other missiles said that India could make progress in the field of defense technologies in spite of restrictions from the US because it demonstrated an unbending will. It is the determination to win the technology race that led the country to a globally enviable position. Still, he said, the country is required to fill in huge gaps in agricultural and industrial production. “We are good in eating food but not so good in cooking food…We need to fill that gap,” he added.

He drew parallel between Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that both believe in the road to innovation.

Dr Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, MANUU Vice-Chancellor, referring to India’s Freedom at midnight said that the country was standing at the threshold of second midnight journey. “The students have to take the lead from here and carry it forward,” he said.

Dr Shakeel Ahmad, Pro Vice-Chancellor, presented memento to the guest while Dr Ameena Tahseen, Director in-charge Centre for Women Studies, conducted the proceedings. Mr Mir Ayoob Ali Khan, Media Consultant, proposed the vote of thanks. (Maxim News)

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