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Article by Mohan Babu

Techie President gives India a technology advantage

Having a president of Kalam’s stature and technical prowess acting as a “technical spokesperson” will add tremendous credibility to our effort to market ourselves as a nation of technologists, says MOHAN BABU

So much has been said and written about Abdul Kalam taking over as the next president that I have little to add to the topic . As a technologist, it really gives me a feeling of gratification to see a person of his level of technical prowess taking charge of affairs at the highest office in India. The Western media has also exhibited considerable enthusiasm about his appointment although there are concerns that his “technology” background may accelerate Indian nuclear projects further, when the western countries are looking towards global anti-proliferation.

The high-tech community - both in India and abroad — is especially elated at Abdul Kalam’s appointment. It is hoped that he will be able to empathise with the issues and problems faced by technologists. A nudge from the president is sure to help the government move towards opening up the Indian scientific community that has long been known to produce excellent techies “for export”. That a poor boatman’s son born in rural south India can rise to the highest office purely based on his technical prowess says a lot about his capabilities.

Many have a feeling that a president who comes from a scientific background will be able to provide a shot in the arm to the indigenous research community. While we have access to some of the best technical minds in the world, the benefits of technology have not proliferated to the grassroots. Even R&D in India has largely been a stronghold of government bodies and organisations. Even though we have taken great strides in areas like nuclear and space technologies, very few homegrown “inventions” have taken the world by storm. This is where real world examples of “application” of high-tech like Abdul Kalam’s famous use of composites to make artificial limbs, stand out. If the new president’s leadership can infuse an out-of-the-box thinking among young technologists, we are sure to find ourselves on the road to success.

In my previous columns I talked about leading Fortune 500 companies exploring the benefits of outsourcing business processes to India. Until recently, our main selling point was the abundant supply of skilled, English speaking technical workforce.

Over the past month or so since Abdul Kalam’s candidacy was made public, there have been dozens of e-mails circulating around the world, talking about his achievements and rags-to-riches story. Even the western media seems to have picked on his achievements and is especially attracted by his nuclear tag. Dozens of western newspapers and magazines ran articles on the new president. Even Wall Street Journal ran a cover page story titled “India to Propel Its ‘Missile Man’ To the Presidency, a Bully Pulpit”.

The euphoria over Abdul Kalam’s nomination as a technologist-president will not last long. Before the dust settles and life gets “back to normal”, techies and managers of high-tech companies need to leverage the goodwill created in the media. Deft handling of the public relations along with a focused global lobbying effort will ensure that we receive maximum mileage from this momentous event.





About the Author

  • A Bio and profile of the author, Mohan Babu, can be found at his homepage
  • Mohan has authored a book on Offshoring and Outsourcing (Publisher McGraw Hill, India), a link to which can be found here
  • Mohan has also authored an Online book on "Life in the US," available for free download.
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    Mohan Babu is an international consultant trying to find the ‘sweet spot’ where IT meets business. E-mail: mohan He is also the author of a recent book on "Offshoring IT Services"

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    Disclaimer: This document represents the personal opinions of the Author, and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the Author's employer, nor anyone other than the Author. This Article was originally published in Express Computers


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