IIT Gandhinagar organized the second decennial lecture on ‘India’s emergence as a super power – security imperatives’

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Palaj: Former Deputy Army Chief and Member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) Lt. Gen. Subrata Saha (Retd.) was at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) yesterday on April 18, 2019 to deliver the second decennial lecture as a part of the IITGN Decennial Lecture Series. Lt. Gen. Saha spoke about ‘India’s emergence as a super power – security imperatives’.

At the beginning of his lecture Lt. Gen. Subrata Saha (Retd.) sited Shri Rabindranath Tagore’s poem ‘Where The Mind Is Without Fear’ which presents the idea how we should proceed as a nation. Stressing upon the need for the national security strategy, Shri Saha urged the young generation to create a momentum for it through tools like social media. Speaking about the global security environment he said that there is large amount of polarization in the world. He also spoke about strategic points on why is India important to USA and India’s neighbourhood relations and issues, and analysed internal security scenario.

Highlighting the need to gain superior capability which he said it will not come by numbers but by technology, he praised the practice of interdisciplinarity at IITGN and said, “This is the only IIT which is multidisciplinary as you don’t divide between the streams. This is the best place because most of the military technologies requires multi-discipline. He advised the young engineers to invest themselves in cyber security as it is more important than IT and urged them to put their energies in building better technologies for the country and assured them they will get good returns not only from domestic market but also from international markets. In the end, he acquainted the listeners with national security architecture.

The IITGN Decennial Lecture Series, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Institute, features a diverse range of lectures and performances by business leaders, artists, scholars, social activists and professionals to explore and showcase scholarship, policy, practice and creative expression.