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16th Quality Summit Concludes: Some Challenges for India@75 Identified Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Bangalore: Concluding the 16th quality Summit, in his valedictory address, Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies said that the quality of the people determines the quality of the leadership to ultimately reflect the quality of the nation. "The twenty first century will be the century of knowledge with India as the progress area", he said.

Dr. K Kasturirangan stressed that there were no simple solutions but India provided unique and cost effective solutions in many areas. "India can do it and we will do it", he said.

Enumerating some of the challenging issues that will need to be addressed in the 21st Century, he touched upon poverty, with 400 million people living below the poverty line; quality of education - issues such as the organisational structure in the education system and various cultural problems such as education in ones mother tongue; Food security - India had a very low productivity which was a serious concern. He emphasized that an integrated approach was needed to address the issues of agriculture; Energy and its inadequacy, with its need doubling in the next 10 years; Environment and its problems; Water, as India could transform into a water deficit nation from a water stressed nation unless new water resources were found and water management techniques adopted and the affordability of healthcare.

 Prof. Dipankar Gupta from the Centre for the Study of Social System, Jawaharlal Nehru University suggested three significant mantras while speaking on India@75: Evaluating the Social Impact. These included knowing ones company and country, meeting the aspirations of the people and not just their needs as was outwardly visible and the need to raise the bar, striving to deliver 120% to ones customers.

He stressed on training and skilling the workforce to upgrade them and ensuring that the company mission and vision was understood by the lowest denominator in the company. Redefining the concept of CSR, he stated that there were three types of CSR - Consumer oriented, Competence oriented and Community related. CSR did not necessarily mean the classical interpretation in doing philanthropy; even labour up-gradation could be considered as CSR. He also stressed on the need to invest in R&D not necessarily in the manufacturing sector alone but in the pure sciences as well.

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