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No place for terrorism and sectarian hatred, says President
September 23, 2008 15:15 IST
"Terrorism [Images] and communal hatred are enemies of development, stability and a peaceful society," Patil said after receiving the D.Lit (Honoris Causa) conferred by Lucknow University at a special convocation.
Paying glowing tributes to Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of the Delhi [Images] police elite special cell, who made the supreme sacrifice during the Jamia Nagar encounter on September 19, Patil hailed the security and police personnel engaged in fighting terrorism.
"It is the duty of every citizen of the country to co-operate in combating terrorism", Patil urged.
Expressing her dismay over the decline in the country's research facilities, Patil said this trend needs to be reversed.
The President said India is committed to building and improving its infrastructure facilities and to ensure health, education and connectivity across the country.
"All these require a large corpus of well-trained engineers and technologists. Technology carries with itself the immense power to bring about revolutionary changes", she said.
The President said a sound base of research in India had led to the green and white revolutions in the country which brought about far reaching changes. "Our scientists and researchers must look at bringing in new revolutions for enhancing productivity on a sustainable basis", she said.
Observing that India's Business Process Outsourcing is a sector which has steadily contributed to the country's economy and provided job opportunities for the young and educated, Patil said India was in a phase of transformation and it is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
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