Need 5 DRDO labs for scientists under 35: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

PM said India needs to run ahead of time, world will not wait for us.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Pranav Kulkarni | New Delhi | Updated: August 21, 2014 12:08 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that 'we can be the world leader by not following but by showing the way.' (Source: PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that ‘we can be the world leader by not following but by showing the way.’ (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a strong pitch for promoting young talent in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), asking it to earmark five laboratories for scientists “below 35 years”.

“The country has new talent. Can we dedicate five labs to people below the age of 35 years? Why not take a risk? Let the ultimate decisions be taken by the people in these labs, by these people,” said Modi at a DRDO awards function.

Earlier in his speech, DRDO chief Avinash Chander drew attention to the decline in young talent.

Modi also asked the DRDO, which is often criticised for time and cost overruns, to “develop before time”. “The biggest challenge for DRDO is how to work before time. If the world is going to (develop) by 2020, can we be ready by 2018? We must visualise which way the world is going to go. It is for DRDO to decide whether it wants to respond or set the agenda… The world will not wait for us. We must work before time. We have the potential,” he said.

Describing scientists as “rishis” working in solitude for the development of the nation, Modi called for increased interactions between them and soldiers. He said such interactions would motivate the jawans to guard the borders and ensure a flow of practical ideas from the jawans to the scientists.

“Let the development by DRDO bring comfort in the routine lives of these jawans,” said Modi, besides calling for a mechanism to attach DRDO scientists with universities to inspire the youth.

Among the others who attended the function were Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh.

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  1. R
    Aug 21, 2014 at 5:03 am
    DRDO should be shut down and R&D be given in private sector.
    1. A
      Aug 21, 2014 at 11:53 pm
      Great idea. Modiji has my support.
      1. H
        Aug 25, 2014 at 10:26 am
        I read a report couple of days back where the high attrition rate in the insution was largely attributed to lack of freedom, young scientists had. Many youngsters go to US, enroll to big universities, but in the end show their patriotic side. They come back home, only to find the so-called senior scientists are making world cl '4 gen' fighters, which will be obsoleted by the time they enter the services. By when will you reach '5th gen'? Young scientists bring new ideas, they have knowledge of newer studies on science and can be et for the country. I have respect for senior scientists but they can only offer their services for not more than 10 years. Are they making efforts to attract the talent required for the future growth?Looking at the attrition, I don't think DRDO will attract talent required unless more power is given to young scientists. They will end up working for Tata or Reliance or may be foreign firms, if not motivated.
        1. A
          Aug 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm
          Age doesn't mean anything. If it did, something's wrong given that most of our politicians and respected perers are over the age of 50. This is precisely the atude we need to lose.Age != Experience
          1. G
            Sep 15, 2014 at 12:47 am
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