Sam Pitroda gets award
Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, Mar 11 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister K Rosaiah today presented the Y Nayudamma Memorial Trust Award 2005 to National Knowledge Commission and World Tel Chairman Sam Pitroda here today.
Later, delivering the 14th Dr Y Nayudamma Memorial Lecture on 'Tradition and Technology,' Dr Pitroda said there was an urgent need to change the mindset of decision-makers towards innovations which alone could bring about drastic development on all fronts.
''Innovations do not wait for decision-making, as knowledge doubles every five years and becomes difficult to catch up with if decision-making gets delayed,'' he said.
He lamented resistance to technological innovations due to various reasons, primarily because of the fear of losing jobs.
Dr Pitroda allayed such apprehensions citing how fears of tailors over the invention of sewing machine and those of telephone operators when the automatic dialling came into vogue were proved false.
Stating benefits from the trade off from new innovations would be immense, Dr Pitroda wanted the government to consider tomorrow's needs and attune its policies accordingly.
Stating he was not impressed with suggestions of eight or ten per cent economic growth, he emphasised real development would come only if the government attended to problems of water management, modern agricultural practices and public health requirements with newer innovations.
Dr Pitroda hailed the recent Indo-US accord on nuclear energy saying it will open up new technological vistas in power generation.
In his address, Mr Rosaiah, paying tributes to Dr Nayudamma said his contribution to science and technology, particularly in leather sector, was significant.
Dr Pitroda was given the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to telecom revolution in India.
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