Highlighting the role of man in using technology, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Tuesday, reminded scientists of the immense contribution they made to the nation's defence system while addressing the 41st DRDO Directors conference in New Delhi. He invoked the famous World War 2 British scientist- Alan Turing and reminded how the war could not have been won without him. He emphasised how Turing changed the course of the war by successfully cracking the code produced by the German code machine - Enigma. He extolled his contributions, reminding DRDO chiefs that they belong to that great occupation.
"But let us also remember that man is at its core. Who was the man who changed the course of history in World War 2? It was a young scientist named Alan Turing. He was the first one to use a rudimentary kind of computer to break the codes, thus finding the location of German aircraft and ships. He was the father of Artificial Intelligence and collect all the information, based on which he could predict where and when the next moves and how it was going to be executed by Germans. If he had not contributed, atleast 32 million people would have died. You are the warriors who will save us in war," he said.
Apart from invoking Turing, Doval also warned scientists to never shy from change. He said one must revisit fundamentals. He said DRDO must keep changing their processes, administration to keep up with the times. He also reminded that while technology was important, one must not forget the brains behind the technology. He said that by revisiting the processes, we can get a better value of our money.
"For the country to remain strong and secure, the scientific community has to play a lead role. We have to revisit fundamentals, just because something has been done for long does not mean it is right. It probably was right at that time. So don't shy from change. Don't be shy of changing the processes, procedure, system whether it is management or administration of the laboratories, there is a need a revisit fundamentals. I think that will help give you a better value for money," he added.
Incidentally, India is celebrating the 88th birth anniversary of the 'People's President' Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on Tuesday. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 in Rameshwaram. He rose to great heights in the field of science and technology, reshaping India's space program with his futuristic vision. He completed his aeronautic engineering from Madras Institute of Technology in 1958. Following which Kalam rose speedily in India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) producing several successful missile programs earning the moniker 'Missile Man'.