Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today said the country requires a “hassle-free” single-window system of clearing investment proposals.
Foreign institutional investors are finding investing in India “attractive”. “We need to accelerate this process,” he said, while charting a course for transforming India into a developed nation with food, economic and national security at the first convocation of Ravenshaw University here.
He also underlined the need for co-ordinated progress in agriculture and food processing, reliable and quality electric power, surface transport and infrastructure for all parts of the country, education and healthcare, information and communication technology and self-reliance in critical technologies. Kalam also said: “There is a need for provision of urban amenities in rural areas (Pura) through the creation of triple connectivity — physical, electronic and economic — leading to economic connectivity.”
The country today requires 7,000 Puras, Kalam said, while exhorting educational institutions to participate in evolving a road map for developing Puras.
Citing the example of Periyar Pura, Kalam suggested Ravenshaw University to consider establishing a Pura covering a population of about 50,000 in 20 villages around Cuttack. In Periyar Pura at Vallam in Tamil Nadu, students and teachers of Periyar Maniammai College of Engineering and Technology are working in the planning and development of a cluster of 65 villages that involves a population of one lakh, he said.
Kalam further exhorted the teachers to play an active role in nurturing five capacities — research and inquiry, creativity and innovation, use of high technology, entrepreneurial and moral leadership through the educational process to meet the challenges of national development.