Dearth of skilled researchers in crucial areas: Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee

Observing that there is a dearth of skilled researchers in crucial areas like space, energy, medicine and defence in the country, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said technology should be developed for the benefit of the people.

"Quite often, I have observed that there is a deficiency of research manpower in strategic areas like space technology, atomic energy, defence, as well as in basic engineering research in medical technology, and environmental science & technology," he said.

The President was speaking at the 5th Annual Convocation of the Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU).

"I would like to remind you, as you break the frontiers of science and discover new technology, your efforts would be truly valuable if they bring efficiency to our industry, comfort in the daily lives of our people and wipe the tears of the most challenged of our countrymen," he said.

Mukherjee said scientists and researchers could create a symbiotic relationship with the industry with focus on developing technology and making it consumer friendly which would always benefit the people.

He commended BESU for initiating undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in strategic areas like Aerospace Technology, Remote Sensing and Material Science and Technology.

The President said the government had decided to convert BESU into to an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) and recognise it as an 'Institution of National Importance' because of its outstanding contribution.

He asked those present to be proactive in building society but without forgetting Indian heritage and tradition of tolerance, mutual respect and an inclusive approach in achieving our developmental goals.

The President also conferred honorary doctorates on physician Dr M S Valiathan, academician Dr.B. K.Bose and classical singer Girija Devi.

Earlier in the day, the President had travelled to Barrackpore where he attended a function.

Former Indian Cricket team captain Saurav Ganguly was also present.

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