If we can resolve our differences with Pakistan,a lot of our resources can be diverted towards development, said Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday. He was addressing a gathering at the convocation ceremony of city-based Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT),where he was the chief guest.
We are living in exciting times. There are lesser restrictions on importing technology,so we do not have to re-invent the wheel. But yes,if technology is denied,then you have to invent the wheel. Light Combat Aircraft (LCA),Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun programs got delayed. But we learnt the lessons. I have been a champion of involving the private sector in defence production. It is observed that we are reluctant to involve them in defence production. The private sector here should develop tanks,warships,aircraft and not mere subsystems, Chavan said,adding that energy security should be of prime focus.
Earlier,in the sixth convocation ceremony of the DIAT,200 students comprising 24 DRDO personnel,63 service officers,65 foreign students and 57 scholarship students were conferred MTech degrees in various branches of science and technology by V K Saraswat,DRDO chief and scientific adviser to the Defence Minister and Dr Prahlada,vice-chancellor,DIAT.
The Ministry of Defence will depend upon the education and training at DIAT for the basic research, Saraswat said.