Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam inaugurated the Children Science Congress of 101st Session of Indian Science Congress at the University of Jammu.
The theme of the Children Science Congress was "Innovations in Science and Technology for Inclusive Development".
Addressing the occasion, Dr. Kalam said that there is an obvious need to harness the creativity of our children so as to move towards an impatient India. Many of the brilliant ideas have originated out of young minds to become reality.
Visualizing the world, particularly India in the coming 15 to 25 years, he said that life will be transforming along unique systems namely smart waterways, advancement in space technology, harvesting solar energy from space and genetically modified suitable medicines; modified seeds with required food value needed for human system.
According to Dr. Kalam, creativity comes from beautiful minds and it is a process through which one can continuously improve ideas and find unique solutions by making gradual alterations and refinements to the works. He emphasized the need to evolve a science, technology and innovation ecosystem incorporating vision and the challenges of the nation.
Emphasizing the role of education system to foster innovation, he said that the teachings should be on the concept-based using knowledge and resources to teach ideas and deep understanding.
Knowledge based workforce, industry and academic linkages right from the school level to higher education level, creative class room, creative syllabus and creative teachers are the hall mark of the Science, Technology and Innovation eco-system, he further added.