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  • Sam Pitroda emphasizes knowledge access at Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture

    6 August 2005

    The fourth Darbari Seth memorial lecture, organised by TERI, was delivered by Dr Sam Pitroda, Chairperson, National Knowledge Commission at New Delhi yesterday. The event was presided over by Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commissions & the welcome address was delivered by Dr A Ramchandran, Chairman, TERI. The Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture series was initiated by TERI in 2002, in memory of the institute's founder, Mr Darbari Seth. The lecture series is one of the ways that TERI tries to perpetuate Mr Seth's memory, as well as follow his vision of spreading knowledge.

    Dr Sam Pitroda, Chairman, WorldTel Limited, UK; and Chairperson National Knowledge Commission, India, chose 'Knowledge' as the topic of his lecture. He expressed his desire of all people in the country having access to knowledge available across the globe. The architect of the PCO network existing in India today, Dr Pitroda said it was time India revolutionised its university education and e-governance set-up. Access to knowledge - through broadband, Internet portals and a revamp of education - are necessary before India can face globalisation, he declared.

    Recounting his days of working for the telecom sector, Dr Pitroda said a telephone was treated as a luxury meant for elite people only. Gradually, however, the notion changed and this led to the great telecom revolution in the country Expanding on this, Dr Pitroda called upon the intellectuals and said "Today we must look for new methods of knowledge, new society, new sources of knowledge and then only we can produce brilliant brains and knowledge people who can not good bring name and face for the country but they can create history in the world".

    Talking about his plans as Chairperson of the National Knowledge Commission, he again emphasised the importance of increased access to various kinds of information and the procedural simplification of ration cards, bank accounts & other essential government services. Delivering the vote of thanks, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI averred that The Energy and Resources Institute was indeed trying to live up to the expectations of another great visionary - the institute's founder Mr Darbari Seth. Mr Seth, a technocrat-industrialist, supported the establishment of TERI in the early 70's. Under his guidance, the institute witnessed a meteoric rise - and today has emerged as a unique developing country institution that has spread to various parts of the globe.

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