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'IITians should work on rural technologies'

PTI Aug 16, 2006, 09.46pm IST

MUMBAI: Students of the Indian Institutes of Technology should spend at least one year in innovating technologies to transform the interior parts of the country, eminent rural technologist Anil k Rajvanshi said here on Wednesday.

Addressing the students at IIT here on 'Nation building -- IITians and happiness', Rajvanshi said the students as soon as they pass out from IIT should devote at least one or two years in innovating technologies, especially for drinking water and electricity for rural population.

"If India has to become the third biggest economic power by 2012, the young graduates should work on the rural technologies before joining MBA courses," Rajvanshi, who is the director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Insititute, Phaltan, said.

He said nation building is all about improving the environment, which in turn brings happiness.

Rajvanshi also appealed to the material scientists and nano technologists to come forward to improve some of the existing rural technologies to make them more efficient and cost-effective.