Bill Gates interacts with students on global issues

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) Unveiling DreamSpark- a software giveway for an estimated ten million plus qualified students in the country -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates today interacted with students, faculty, media and representatives of the IT sector on the IIT Campus here and discussed an array of issues - global meltdown, global warming, advance of technology, disease, farming and terrorism.

''We want to do everything we can to equip a new generation of technology leaders with the knowledge and tools they need to harness the magic of software to improve lives, solve problems and catalyse economic growth. Microsoft DreamSpark provides professional level tools that we hope will inspire students like you to explore the power of software and encourage you to forge the next wave of softwar-driven breakthroughs,'' he promised.

Asked how long the global meltdown will actually take to subside, the world's third richest man said,'' Today, whatever is happening in any part of the world is affecting another one - be it global meltdown, terrorism or global warming-well, a new dispensation in the US will soon be in the place as new President Barack Obama has been elected. Let's see how he proceeds in this regard and a lot will depend on that. It may take six months, two years or may be three years. Nobody can say anything for sure.'' On the accessibility to technology by every one, the 53-year-old Gates, earlier giving a talk, said: '' I really wish that everybody has the access to technology, and especially the Internet.

Accessibility to technology should not be restricted to the rich only, even the poor should also be able to make optimum use of it.

Exposure to the world is also needed in this regard. And, no doubt, it is also a matter of opportunity and to what extent one gets it.

It is more like familiarising yourself with the problem that is beseting you.

''But I think once everybody has the reach to new and advanced technology, it will bring about magical results all across the globe and would provide magnificent opportunities in every nook and cranny of the world. Because today technology is everywhere, whether it is TV, phone or robot,'' he continued.

He said with the advancement of technology the whole world will change and with it ''we can build something really different'', adding put the talent of the world and technology together and ''I assure you that we can do wonders''.

Elaborating the pros of technology, Mr Gates, in his 30-minute lecture, said with technology and rapidly growing science even diseases polio, malaria and AIDS can be eradicated from their roots.

Looking suave in his navy blue suit, the Microsoft mentor concluded by saying,'' Today, we need more institutes like IIT which can provide the world more and more talent, so that we all can join hands and make the world a better place to live in.''.

Before the speech, Mr Gates was accorded a warm welcome by Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandareswari and IIT Director Surendra Prasad.

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