Dr. Saraswat appreciates structured approach of Govt during pandemic

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Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat,  a Member of NITI Aayog and Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi said the perils of the pandemic and the government’s structured approach in achieving a V shape recovery with timely lockdowns.

Delivering his speech at IIM Shillong, Dr. Saraswat  spoke on the robustness and reliability of the system that maintained minimum losses and provided support for daily wage workers, farmers, and other highly affected sections of society. He praised the collaboration between the Ministry, Educational Institutes, and corporates to conduct successful vaccination programs across India.

He also pointed out on the increase in Foreign direct investment (FDI)  limit for the defence sector, to 74% from 49%, will benefit the country emensely, even as he pointed out that in the defence sector, India has started building indigenous computing systems and microprocessors and ventured towards more advanced technologies like Super Computers and AI-based Computing. In light of the upcoming ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav,’ he shared his decade-old conversation with Dr. Kalam about making India self-reliant and how he sees that dream unfolding in present India. He mentioned about  the five crucial pillars for the emergence of self-reliant India: economy, infrastructure, system, demography, and demand.

He summarized his thoughts by saying, “India at 75 has a 360-degree growth where it possesses all the ingredients and potential required to become a leader in the world.” The session ended with a Q&A round with the students talking about their thoughts on Emerging India.

On the occasion of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s 90th Birth Anniversary the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis of IIM Shillong hosted Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat as Guest Speaker for an interactive talk session with the students of IIM Shillong.

Addressing the participants of IIM Shillong, Dr. Saraswat narrated his experience working with Dr. Kalam and how this collaboration, which lasted for more than 25 years, changed his life. He shared the dream that Dr. Kalam saw for India – Vision 2020 and prodded the thought of students to the question, “Have we achieved this dream?”. He highlighted Dr. Kalam’s concerns about India’s deteriorating value system and reminded them of his oath “I will succeed with integrity and honesty in my life.”

He summarized his thoughts by saying, “India at 75 has a 360-degree growth where it possesses all the ingredients and potential required to become a leader in the world.” The session ended with a Q&A round with the students talking about their thoughts on Emerging India.

Dr. Saraswat is a Member of NITI Aayog and Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has formerly served as the Director-General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Indian Minister of Defence. He is the recipient of numerous awards that include Padma Shri (1998) and Padma Bhushan (2013) from the Government of India.