President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Wednesday appealed to schoolchildren
participating in the Indian Science Congress (ISC) here to work to
make their home free from corruption.
Answering questions fielded by some students present at the
inaugural session, Kalam said: "Make your home free from
Kalam inaugurated the Children's Science Congress on the sidelines
of the ISC here. He appealed to children to be unique and work in
the field of science and technology.
Replying to a question on how he managed to balance science and
politics when he was the president of India, Kalam quipped:
"Science needs lots of money and money comes from politicians."
The former president faced some difficult questions too, like why
India spends so much on missiles and other defence programmes
while so many people sleep on empty stomachs.
"I personally feel science is for people who have the capacity to
do that, and you can select science or humanities," he replied,
avoiding any direct answer to the question.
He also replied to questions on science, space and missile
technology. "Earth, Moon and Mars will become economic entities in
the next three decades and we will be seeking lot of things from
there," he added.
Children will also get an opportunity to interact with the Nobel
laureates participating in the congress.
The 99th edition of the ISC was inaugurated by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh Tuesday.
More than 15,000 delegates, including scientists and students, are
participating in the Jan 3-7 event being held at the Kalinga
Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT University). The theme of
the conference is "Science and Technology for Inclusive Innovation
- Role of Women".
The five-day event will see technical sessions, plenary sessions,
vision talks, panel discussions, public lectures, a 'Pride of
India' expo and other programmes.
Besides the emphasis on women and children, the other issue in
focus at the Congress would be missiles. India's premier military
weapons developer, the Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO), will display models of the Agni, Prithvi,
Akash, Nag, BrahMos and Astra missiles.