Dr Kalam emphasised on the crucial role played by IT in countrys development. Economic strength is driven by competitiveness which is driven by knowledge power, which in turn is powered by technology. Though it all depends on resources and investment. We have to strive harder to strengthen the nations economy, he said. To realise this vision, Dr Kalam emphasised on co-operation between the government, educational institutes and the industry.
Dr Kalam also stressed on the need to develop effective networks such as transport and river to achieve the ultimate goal of serving the population in rural areas. I will celebrate the day when IT reaches the remote corners of the country in terms of tele-medicine, tele-education, e-commerce and e-governance. Unless we add value to the IT products, economic prosperity of the country is not possible, he said.
Dr Kalam said that progress in the software sector alone will not resolve the development problems of the country.