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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First Published on: August 20, 2014 1:23 pm
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    Rajesh
    Aug 21, 2014 at 5:03 am
    DRDO should be shut down and R&D be given in private sector.
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      amakant
      Aug 21, 2014 at 11:53 pm
      Great idea. Modiji has my support.
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        Hmm123
        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.
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          anonymous
          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
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            Guest
            Sep 15, 2014 at 12:47 am
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              Arun
              Aug 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm
              You call people below 35 "youngsters"? I think he's trying to appeal to a fresh generation of scientists... bureaucracy often comes about because of age differences -- which come with an increased ego inflation.I think you can find team builders below 35, no problem. If it were below 25 I might be more worried.
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                Brijkhanna
                Aug 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm
                It is a WARNING for DRDO OR any other RESEARCH Insute, to come out with solid results within specified period as sought for. Delay for any reason is like USTICE DELA IS NO JUSTICE.
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                  gaurav gupta
                  Aug 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm
                  I fully agree with Narendra modi ji. Its indeed a great initiative not only in defense as well as in other areas of public health, engineering and information technology if implemented. The young Indian scientists are not being valued in their own countries although they have been appreciated for their scientific achievements worldwide when go abroad. Its potty for india and now hope for india with Modi thoughts. I salute his idea. Jai hind.
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                    Das
                    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:00 pm
                    Excellent idea by Modi to have 5 labs manned by under 35yr old scientists. He forgot something equally if not more critical. Get the best young brains by paying them ries that are on par with going international rate of remuneration.
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                      Vikram
                      Oct 9, 2014 at 11:55 am
                      I have personally seen how irresponsible majority of DRDO scientists are. Most of the so called 'scientists' hardly do any productive work there. In a team of 10 only 1 or 2 guys are hardworking and rest are just whiling away their time. Most of the DRDO projects are absolute flops, billions of public money is spent on running these organizations, there is hardly any accountability for all the flops. Its a good point Mr.PM has made, we need to cleanup DRDO and bring about fresh talent, set the goals .. make people accountable, there is no reason why we cannot come out with indigenously developed innovative defence products.
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                        Jay
                        Aug 21, 2014 at 7:14 am
                        Lab governed by youngster (below 35 years) ??It is not just a laboratory work. In the government setup, one has to have management and administrative experience and skill, experience for team building, bureaucratic know-how and many more... If we overburden the youngsters for those non-scientific tasks, they would spare very less for R&D. What is essential is to encourage the young people and accept their creative ideas and help them to implement the ideas while providing therequired infrastructures and fund.Today, Mr. Prime Minister’s age is 63. Should he take retirement?Why a young champ of 35 was not nominated for the position of PM? Answer is ...Because, experience does matter.Encouraging the young scientists and harnessing their intellect are some of the essential requisite for a successful R&D but suggested remedy by Mr. PM doesn’t seem to be useful. !!!!!!Jai Hind!!!!!
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                          Jai
                          Aug 21, 2014 at 6:27 am
                          DR-DO should recruit (required) the talented, knowledge scientists & Technical staff not for recommended and their relations. Real young talented and knowledge persons not getting opportunity in drdo.This is main draw back in DRDO.
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                            Jay
                            Aug 21, 2014 at 7:15 am
                            mind your language
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                              Rishi
                              Aug 21, 2014 at 7:13 am
                              I dont agree.....R&D neeed extreme experience,expertize which young man dont have......
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                                Novelty Account
                                Aug 21, 2014 at 8:01 am
                                brazilian journal of physics. LOL.Next time try nature or IAP.
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                                  iamanindian
                                  Aug 22, 2014 at 3:26 am
                                  These sarkari babus are wastage, wasting tax payers money, risking our jawans life. product they develop should be distributed free among enemies so that they die using those shoddy equipments.
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                                    iamanindian
                                    Aug 22, 2014 at 3:42 am
                                    mind your language? 30,000 emplyees and 7200 scientists, 13 years to develop INSAS, 25,000 Cr to equip the army that jams and sometime injures the soldier firing it. now they are having to re-equip the entire army.a cl 7 dropout designs AK-47 in year 1947, now part of the army being equipped with AK-47 replacing INSAS. we need people with pion and dedication NOT sarakari babus with education.
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                                      mathpal sk
                                      Aug 21, 2014 at 5:44 am
                                      every thing is good but the poor worker/staff working under contract basis in the same building asked to leave the building. Modi ji think you are PM of All . What happen SABKA SAATH SABKA VIKAS
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                                        mukesh
                                        Nov 1, 2014 at 6:40 am
                                        i would draw attention of Modiji .What India is giving to young fresher engineers willing to join govt sector apprenticeship for 3560 Rs per month.Do you think an engineer deserves after 4 years of rigorous training in a good insute this money.... or a contract engineer position in which he can be kicked anytime by the self proclaimed kings of these govt/semigovt organisation.So ,there is no future of these young talents . Most of them end up in call centers or BPO jobs and loose the training what so ever in college. Now these organisations have put another wall in the form of GATE and lo... We have shops croping up with GATE coaching to already frustrated young engineers . So Modiji to bring this talent to DRDO labs work has to be done at gr root level to attract the real talent to DRDO . How many DRDO labs are actually nurturing young talent.Even a maid in Gurgaon is getting better remunerations than an engineer....
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                                          Frank Churchill
                                          Aug 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm
                                          Make sure its safe science :tinyurl/pvgufc9
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                                            Prashant
                                            Aug 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm
                                            DRDO should be overhauled, something akin to ISRO. Defense too is craving for indigenization, but certainly not like LCA.
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