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KERALA, India -- Expressing concern over the shortage of
power and drinking water, President A P J Abdul Kalam has urged
scientists in the country to concentrate on these issues.
"Now there were two important areas the country has to concentrate
on -- shortage of drinking water and providing electricity to all,"
Dr Kalam said addressing the students of the Adi Sankara Institute of
Engineering and Technology.
Vikram Sarabhai had given a vision to the space scientists in 1960
-- to design, make, develop and launch satellites from the Indian
soil, Kalam said, adding the dream had been achieved. Now the
scientists must find ways to find a solution to the drinking water
problem and power shortage, he said.
Since fossil fuels like coal and oil were getting depleted, new
possibilities would have to be explored. "You can bring metals and
minerals from other planets and helium can be brought from moon for
generating power", he said. Effort should also be made to see how
solar power can be used for desalination, he said.
The Indian space program should be geared towards this direction,
he added. The President told the students that they should have a
vision and goal in life, which were for success. "To orbit the
galaxy, the sun takes 250 million years. The human mind should also
work like the space", he said.
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