Abdul Kalam: 150 billion dollar opportunity for enterprise in integrated villages through PURA Corporation

New Delhi, Nov 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) Former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam today presented to captains of Indian industry a programme for their involvement in transforming villages by volunteering to be equity investors, exploring and facilitating market linkages and providing technological platform for PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) that would be a 150 billion dollar business opportunity for them.

Stating this at the ASSOCHAM “8th Knowledge Millennium summit-2010-2020: Decade of Innovations”  here today, Dr. Kalam introduced when he was President of India in the early years of this first decade of the 21st century for providing urban amenities for rural areas.  It is now part of the Government’s development programme for 6,00,000 villages.  The former President has now proposed an enterprise network for this programme.

This enterprise network “has to be evolved with the technical collaboration from a multi-dimensional array of technological and managerial institutions”, Dr. Kalam told the Knowledge Summit of industry body ASSOCHAM.  This network would work in close synchronization and integration with institutions or organizations of repute, he further said.

In the future missions Dr. Kalam envisaged increasing food production to 350 million tonnes,  100 million energy and water efficient homes, raising auto exports to 50 per cent of production gaining 200 billion dollars by 2016, high dead weight ships to be built, ICT output of 200 billion by 2012, at least 25 per cent of generic drugs of the world to be produced in India, medium seater passenger jets in 10 to 145 years with a market value of 20 billion dollars, increasing rail length and energy independence as well as clean water.

The theme of the summit is “2010-2020: decade of innovations- healthcare, food security, energy and water.” The Swiss scientist Prof. Michael Graetzel who has developed dye-sensitized new generation solar cells that mimic natural photosynthesis in plants in his address at the summit explained how several Japanese companies are seeking to commercialize these cells that convert solar energy to electricity in a more efficient way than is now available with the current generation solar cells.  The world would be on the edge of creating synthetic plants with these new generation cells, the professor said.  ASSOCHAM presented him with the Millennium Innovation Award.

The movement for grassroots innovation is now opening the way for India to be benefited by thousands of innovations coming from the most unexpected corners from among ordinary people including teenagers and kids, according to Prof. Anil K. Gupta, executive vice-chairman National Innovation Foundation.

Prof. Gupta revealed how a first year student , Chir Anand of he Bell Matric Higher Secondary School of Tirunnalveli in Tamil Nadu, developed a dust sucking shoe and several school children have thought out ideas to do critical tasks in villages. So far the foundation has received 140,000 ideas and 260 patents have been registered, five of them in the US...  Prof. Gupta claimed that” in future India will resolve its problem solving through network mind” calling it “celebration of  creativity” at the grass roots.

Science and Technology Department Secretary Dr. T. Ramasamy said research and development in the country was now focused more on promoting inclusive society focusing mainly on food security, affordable health care, renewable   energy, water and grass roots innovation.
The two day knowledge summit will see presentations on universal access to energy, innovative solutions to water, innovations in food and nutritional security and innovations to cure the incurable.

ASSOCHAM President, Dr. Swati Piramal also mentioned that the department science and technology is engaged in development of  new models and mechanism for enhancing the role public funded institutions in innovations and research and development.

Among others, who spoke on the occasion comprised, Mr. Dilip Modi, Sr. Vice-President, ASSOCHAM & MD, Spice Mobility Ltd.; Mr. K.C. Mehra, Chairman, ASSOCHAM Knowledge Committee & Resident Director, Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd. and Mr. D.S. Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM.

- pressreleasepoint