"My National Flag flies in my heart and I will bring glory to my Nation." - Guru Kalam

Guru Kalam Memorial Lecture

When you make in India, the world will respect you: Dr Kota

Guru Kalam Memorial Lecture | 2016


Inspired Indian Foundation (IIF) along with New Horizon College of Engineering (NHCE) organised the first Guru Kalam Memorial Lecture in Bangalore on October 15, on the 85th birth anniversary of the people’s President.

Dr Kota Harinarayana, father of the Tejas fighter jet programme, delivered the maiden lecture on the topic ‘Strength respects strength.’ According to him, India could overtake China and even Japan in the next 10 years by focusing on better quality and productivity.

‘’The Make in India mandate of the current government is encouraging. When you make in India, the world will respect you. We all should be bhakts of the nation, like Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was. Innovation is the key,” Dr Kota said.

He added that if academics, industry and R&D organisations joined hands, then India could make rapid strides in the field of technology. “We need to be ahead of others in developing smart networking platforms, artificial intelligence, sensors and software, which would directly lead to technological development. We are fast moving into a network-centric warfare (NCW) mode and it is important that the technology needed for this is developed within the country itself,” Dr Kota said.

Taking the example of India's Tejas programme, Dr Kota said that initially nobody believed that India could master many cutting-edge technologies in the process of developing the fighter.

Dr Mohan Manghnani, Chairman, New Horizon Education Institutions said Dr Kalam is not only remembered for his contribution to space and defence, but for his simple life.

“He walked the talk always and that set him apart from the rest,” Dr Mohan said. Renowned Bharathanatayam and Kathak dancer Jayanthi M Eshwarputhi, Dr Manjunatha, Principal, NHCE, Dr Sheelan Misra, Head of Department of Management Studies and members of IIF were present during the occasion.

A large number of young engineers from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Aeronautical Development Agency were also present.

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