India should come out of foreign influence to be world leader: Kakodkar

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Bhopal, Feb 21 (ANI): Former Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chief Anil Kakodkar on Sunday said India should come out of its nature to depend on foreign technologies, if it aspires to be a world leader.

Addressing the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) convocation here, Kakodkar said: "If we remain dependent on foreign technologies, we can never become a world leader. Our education system must produce empowered youths who can pull the country up the ladder."

"Education is a route to enlightenment and a tool for empowerment. If carried out effectively, education can transform our youths into a huge human capital. And it can make India one of the most powerful nations in the world," he added.

In his address Kakodkar stressed on the need of India focuses orientation to students.

"The domestic lineage between high level of research activities and its conversion into new innovative technologies can be nurtured only on the basis of such an orientation," he said.

Expressing the need to convert laboratory development into industry product Kakodkar said: "The efforts required to translate a laboratory development into an industrially robust product are many times larger. We have not paid sufficient attention to bridging this gap." (ANI)

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