Kalam for more nuclear power plants in India

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Jodhpur, Jul 10 (UNI) Amid much hue and cry being raised over the Indo-US nuclear deal, former President APJ Abdul Kalam today stressed the need of generation of more nuclear, solar and wind energy.

Delivering DS Kothari Memorial lecture organised by Defence Research and Design Organisation(DRDO) here today, Dr Kalam said that increasing level of carbon-di-oxide in the atmosphere was a cause of increasing levels of pollution.

''We can save the environment by putting more and more nuclear, solar and wind energy plants in the country,'' the former premier said.

Dr Kalam, who had himself headed DRDO for long, in view of vast Thorium reserves in the country said that Thorium based nuclear plants were ideal for India as compared to traditional Uranium based plants and therefore, in future emphasis should be laid on installation of Thorium based units.

Dr Kalam has also expressed the need of initiatives for encouraging students for persuing career in science stream and said besides strengthening of various academics, creation of All Indian Scientific Service cadre could also help in attracting more students to the science courses.

In virtual reference to prevailing food grain crisis in the world, Dr Kalam urged scientists to undertake research to evolve means for increasing crop production.

He also participated in a programme organised by Vision 2020- the Right of India and PCB Charitable Trust and highlighted causes and cures of life style related health harzards.

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