‘Rocketman’ Radhakrishnan says Learn Self-relianc From ISRO
CHENNAI: Urging the audience to take a leaf out of ISRO’s book and make themselves self reliant, K Radhakrishnan, former chairman, Indian Space Research Organization, said that this quality of the organization to deliver with whatever they have, helped them in their journey.
“Our culture – obsession in self reliance makes us different. For this, we should focus on working as a team, in addition to developing the skill set. All members have equal roles to play. Our ability to work as a team made it possible to achieve the Mars Orbiter Mission within four years. The ability of the ISRO to amalgamate individual skills and make for an excellent team along with farsightedness to plan ahead also helped,” he added.
Focusing further on self-reliance, Radhakrishnan went on to list the areas which have a scope for the same such as engineering and management, computing and Information and Technology. He added that, considering engineering and management, if the required infrastructure is made available, the imports can be reduced and the country would go on to be a global player, hence facilitating ‘Make in India’. “HMT watches from Bangalore used to be exported to Switzerland earlier; Bharat Electricals was also a significant player. Now they are insignificant. We need to develop the skill set and make ourselves self-reliant,” urged Radhakrishnan.
Expressing concern over the fact that despite India having started work in semi conductors in 1971-72, it has not featured in the top 50 manufacturers of semi conductors. “When South Korea can feature in that list, our country with the abundant human capital has not and we need to start working towards it. We have taken a major step in 2011 with regard to fabrication. Focus on assembly and testing is needed,” he pointed out.