Delivering a special lecture at the 95th Indian Science Congress, Chidambaram said that apart from developing suitable technologies, innovative technology delivery system was needed for rural India.
He said that most of the research programmes undergoing in the country were directed research meaning the researches were undertaken under the mandate and funds given by institutions based in the developed world. He said that such research programmes may not suit the needs of the country. The researchers should make the right choice if they want the country to develop, he said and added India has the potential to be a global innovator.
Chidambaram urged the scientists to develop coherent synergies of all efforts. Development without security is vulnerable and security without development is meaningless, he said.
He noted that basic researches were mostly conducted in the public sector and in universities while private sector was mostly engaged in applied researches like commercializing and developing technologies. There is a competition among companies to develop new technologies. I would urge the companies to engage themselves in pre-competitive applied research also.
Chidambaram said that in the early stages of development it would appear that the GDP growth not being related to scientific development, but as the development process takes a firm footing scientific development would be directly reflected in the GDP growth of the country. He regretted that young talents in the country were not attracted to basic research unlike that in China.