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Sustainable and Prosperous India


10 May 2011

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In a visit hosted by the University of Sydney, Engineering and Information Technologies faculty, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will share his vision of a sustainable and prosperous India at a public lecture on 19 May.

The former President of India is a distinguished scientist and aeronautical engineer and advocates that it is possible to work cooperatively for an economically developed, prosperous and peaceful society.

He is widely respected as an engineering visionary who played a pivotal role in the development of India's space program.

He is also well known for his innovative campaigns to improve the quality of rural infrastructure and approaches to renewable energy development in India.

He initiated the PURA (Providing Urban amenities in Rural Areas) program with emphasis on different types of connectivity; namely, physical connectivity through better roads, digital connectivity with improved internet access, knowledge connectivity through better education and emphasis on their integration for rapid economic growth.

He was instrumental in the establishment of the Society for Biomedical Technology in 1993 and has championed research and development in the area of telemedicine.

Dr. Kalam was awarded India's highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna for his scientific and technological contributions to the nation.

Prior to becoming President, he has served as the Senior Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.

Dr. Kalam continues to play an influential role in encouraging the uptake of science and technology by young people in general and the under-privileged in particular.

He is also active in campaigns to improve India's rural infrastructure and innovative approaches to renewable energy development.

Date: Thursday 19 May, 2011
Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Seymour Centre, The University of Sydney
Cost: Free
More info:http://sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas


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