Universities must become centers of value creation: VK Saraswat

Universities should become centers of value creation for the country’s sustainable development and manufacturing progress, NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat said on October 15, 2022.

Dr. Saraswat, the keynote guest of the closing day of the Engineers Conclave at the Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC), Valiyamala, emphasized the need to replace traditional engineering concepts with sustainable perspectives to achieve our goals for a better future. .

Focusing on six key areas is vital to ensuring the country’s economic security, Dr Saraswat said. These, according to him, are networking and cloud computing, artificial intelligence and edge computing, biotechnology, robotics, space technology and quantum information systems.

The conclave, opened online by Union Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar on October 13, was jointly organized by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).

Presiding over the closing day, ISRO President S. Somanath said investing in all areas of science and technology was the only way for India to emerge as a stronger nation. . The 2022 edition of the conclave had two main themes: “Space for National Development” and “Making India a Manufacturing Hub”.

S. Unnikrishnan Nair, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC), gave a lecture on the challenges and complexities of manned space missions. Indranil Manna, President of INAE, and V. Narayanan, Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC), also spoke.