Waiting for technology transfer is not the way forward for a country like India because you get only yesterday's technology, not tomorrow's, said Principal Scientific Advisor and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the cabinet R Chidambaram, while delivering the first Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam memorial lecture organised by the Confedtaation of Indian Industries (CII).
Chidambaram, who was closely associated with Kalam during the Pokharan tests of 1998, stressed on the need for people to come up with disruptive technology which could leapfrog the country and make up for the lacunae it could not fill up during the second industrial revolution. The world is in the process of the third industrial revolution, he said, adding that if all research is going to be strictly audited, there will not be any freedom to experiment.
He gave the example of India's nuclear programme. “It is anti fragile,'' he said. “The more the world pushed us, denied us, the more resilient we became,'' he added.
Chidambaram also emphasised the need to embrace new technology like genetic modified crops and stem cell therapy for personalised treatment. He said the needs of the emerging world were such that these technologies are required. “Several Nobel laureates have said there has been no adverse impact of genetic crops on people. It is safe. We must do our research, have all the bio regulators in place but we should go ahead with these technologies.''
There is a moratorium on genetically modified crops in India since the last nine years, with no government taking any decision on it.