Jamia Hamdard organises 23rd Distinguished Lecture to commemorate the 89th birth anniversary of former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

New Delhi: Jamia Hamdard organised 23rd distinguished lecture to commemorate the 89th birth anniversary of former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the Missile Man of India.

Padma Bhushan Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog; Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University was the distinguished speaker who spoke on: Technology Transformation For Sustainability: Where We Are And Where Are We Heading?

The lecture commenced with an captivating invocation by Pro-Vice Chancellor Jamia Hamdard Dr Ahmed Kamal who highlighted how “Dr. Kalam’s teachings, through close angles, has helped nurture and develop the personality of the young and dynamic leaders.

Dr Saraswat stressed upon the recognition and acceptance of handprint rather than footprint. “The key message sustainability and affordability is the key to success of any civilization and there need to be holistic principles of sustainable leadership in alignment with the vision of Prime Minister of India”, he was quoted saying. Based on a holistic approach of complex problem solving attitude being creative and progressively looking forward to innovations. He brought into discussion the 6R Remanufacture, redesign, recover, recycle, reuse, reduce.

He also emphasized on a society 5.0 version wherein the key attributes would be problem solving, diversity decentralisation of power and responsibility, resilience and suitable sustainable harmonization. As the crux of lecture he reiterated the concept of “Vasudev kutumbukam” and moving cautiously and consciously towards a balanced and harmonized global existence. While referring to NEP he mentioned the importance of skill development. The conscious and intelligent use of AI would lead to an overall development of the modern society, he added.

Vice-Chancellor Dr. Seyed Ehtesham paying tribute lauded the contributions of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and stressed on fact that he inspired and still inspires thousands of youth all around the world. “Dr Kalam always stood for inclusiveness and used to proudly spread the message that tolerance is the foundation for sustainable development”, he was quoted saying.

On behalf of Jamia Hamdard, Mr. SS Akhtar, Registrar thanked Prof Saraswat for sharing his insights and the thought-provoking lecture. The event saw the participation from the Academic, non-academic staffs, students , researchers, researchers and scholars from India and abroad. The Programme was congenially moderated by Dr. Zeenat Iqbal, Associate Professor, Jamia Hamdard.