We must seize opportunities of knowledge revolution: PM
PRIME minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said the country needs to generate globally marketable knowledge assets by internationalising the "Made in India” brand for opportunities provided by the "knowledge revolution.”
Cautioning scientists that the country should not miss it, he said knowledge-based industries could hasten India's transformation into a developed nation.
"We need to make certain that the `knowledge revolution' does not bypass us as the industrial revolution did,” the prime minister said after presenting the 1998 amd 1999 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar awards, the nation's highest award in science, to 21 scientists.
Knowledge-based industries, which are linked to advanced technology and research and development, constitute the single most important factor which can hasten India’s progress into the group of developed countries, the prime minister said.
He said he hoped the task force on pharmaceuticals and knowledge-based industries under the chairmanship of science minister Murli Manohar Joshi would provide a blueprint for India's transformation into a "knowledge power.”
Source : The Economic Times. February 22, 2000