We constitute one sixth of the world's population, and at least two-thirds of the global population today is going through the same crises and turmoils. Food, energy, water, health care, education and employment potential are important requirements for people every where to live with prosperity. The world at large needs technological inputs in order to meet these needs. I am going to discuss with you my vision aimed at finding solutions to these requirements using science and technology.'
Nuclear capability, self-sufficiency in food production, an array of indigenous satellites and missiles, an unmanned M mission?India's achievements in the scientific domain in recent years have spectacular. But, according to the count best-known scientist A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and his close associate Y.S. Rajan, we've only just begun. In a century that many experts predict may belong to India, the realization of the vision of a better future for everyone will require a keen understanding of our needs and this can only be achieved by tailoring our research and innovations to the goal of national development.
In The Scientific Indian, the authors of the path-breaking India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium return after ten years to the core areas of scientific advancement that are crucial today: space exploration, satellite technology, missile development, earth ocean resources, the biosphere, food production, energy and water harvesting, health care and communications, to na few. For each aspect, the authors prov the context of recent progress on the gl platform as well as Indian break through before outlining a pragmatic vision of technological development that will pro India to the forefront of the world in the decades to come.
The Scientific Indian will speak to every curious and adventurous mind, and especially to tomorrow's scientists and technologists, encouraging us to dream big, and urging us to work hard to make our dreams come true.
About The Author
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, born 15 October 1931, is one of India's most distinguished scientists, He was responsible for the development of ISRO's launch vehicle pro-gramme, the development and operationalization of stragegic missiles at DRDO, and building indigenous capability in critical technologies. As scientific adviser to the defence minister, he was one of the brains behind the Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998. As chairman of TIFAC, he guided a number of technology projects and missions; his document on Technology vision 2020 was a blueprint to make India developed country.
He is the Author o0f the best selling books India 2020: A vision for the New Millennium (With Y. S. Rajan) and ignited minds: Unleashing the power within India, both published by penguin.
Yagnaswami Sundara Rajan is a well-recognized authority on technology development, business management and society linkages. He held various positions of responsibility related to science and technology between 1988 and 2002, and has shaped key policies and implemented several successful R&D projects with industry participation. He is currently principal adviser. Cll.