DRDO should rethink, remodel to play an important role in the 21st century: PM Modi

BENGALURU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Thursday he urged DRDO to rethink and reshape to play an important role in the 21st century with the power of young people and play a vital role in helping nations suffering from terrorism.

This is a decade that will decide what the strength of India will be and where we will be on the world map.

This decade also has to do with youth power, young innovators, especially those innovators who were born in the 21st century or became young in this century, said after dedicating five DRDO Laboratories of Young Scientists to the nation.

These laboratories will emerge in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, where scientists under 35 have priority to contribute to research and development.

The Prime Minister reminded scientists that they have the opportunity not only to serve the nation, but also the world in terms of security in view of the growing threat of terrorism.

Today there are many nations that have no threat of border-related insecurities, as they are surrounded by friendly nations.

But those nations had also never thought that they would have to use weapons because there was never any threat of war since the borders were open, clean and there was an emotional relationship.

However, those nations are also under the control of terrorism and had to take up arms.

The Defense Research and Development Organization can help those nations in their internal security, Modi said.

Explaining the situation of such nations, he said that every time he met the leaders of such nations, he could feel that his requirements were growing exponentially.

Despite limited resources, they are forced to think about emerging threats, he said, adding that India can help them address their security concerns.

Their efforts in this direction will be a service to humanity and will strengthen India's position on the world stage, Modi said asking scientists to help India help nations affected by terror.

The Prime Minister also urged the scientists and innovators present to realize the potential of DRDO and make India self-sufficient in the field of defense and assured them that the government was completely with them.

Its capacity is enormous, it can do many things, expand its horizons, change the parameters of its performance ... fly spreading wings ... there are opportunities, I am with you, he said.

On the appointment of General Bipin Rawat as Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), he said that the creation of the new post would bring a major change and also affect DRDO.

He noted that the need for a position as a CDS was felt for better coordination, synergy and integration between the three armed forces a long time ago and was part of BJP's commitment to the nation, which has been fulfilled.

Modi said that DRDO should be prepared to take on the challenge where threats would not only be limited to air and sea, but also to cyber and space, which will decide the strategic dynamics.

You all know that, together with the air and the sea, cyber and space will define the strategic dynamics of the world.

Along with this, smart machines will play a key role in the defense sector in the coming days.

In such a situation, India cannot be left behind, he said.

Speaking about the idea behind the Young Science Laboratory, the Prime Minister said that young people have an enormous capacity, dreams, aspirations and capacity to take risks.

He said the government is ready to incur losses due to trial and error in these DRDO Laboratories of Young Scientists, since something creative would come out of it.

According to the DRDO, each of these laboratories will work on key advanced technology of importance for the development of futuristic defense systems, such as artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, cognitive technologies, asymmetric technologies and intelligent materials.

The inspiration to start such laboratories came from the Prime Minister on the occasion of the awarding function of DRDO held on August 24, 2014, a press release said.