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I will return to my alma mater, says President Kalam

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Inaugurates international seminar on signal processing at MIT

FUTURE PLANS: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam with Anna University Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan at the inauguration of the "International Conference on Signal Processing, Communication and Networking" at the Madras Institute of Technology in Chennai o n Friday. — Photo: V. Ganesan

CHENNAI: President A.P.J Abdul Kalam on Friday made clear his intention to return to his alma mater, the Anna University's Madras Institute of Technology, once his presidency came to an end later this year.

"I will return here in three months time to give a series of four to five lectures on nanotechnology and its many dimensions. I would particularly like to teach undergraduate students," the President said, while inaugurating the International Conference on Signal Processing, Communication and Networking organised by MIT.

Expressing his happiness to be back at the MIT campus where he had been a student in the 1950's, the President said he had studied under great professors whose memories he cherished.

The seminar on signal processing would help in retaining India's competitive edge in communications, Mr. Kalam said, adding that the recent trend was towards autonomous devices with onboard signal processing ability. The use of sophisticated implantable biomedical devices was also catching on and he had worked along with a team of medical experts to develop an implantable pacemaker.

"The price of bandwidth should be brought down in India [to take the communication revolution to all sections of society] and I will be happy if it becomes zero. The 17 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that has been allowed in the telecom industry means the world can now participate in our growing economy," the President said.

Recalling an offer he had made to the pan-African community to facilitate an e-network using India's core competencies, Mr. Kalam said the offer had been received well. About 20 countries had signed up for the network to be launched in October this year. The rest would follow in early 2008. The cost of the project would be U.S. $ 100 billion.

In his speech, Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudi said scientific development should reach all sections of society. The State was keen to promote R&D in education, he added.

In order to help industries, Anna University had recently approved a single window clearance mechanism, Centre for Technology Development and Transfer Vice Chancellor D. Viswanathan said. The Centre would facilitate better interaction between industries and the University.

Under the varsity's `Overseas Professors of Anna University' scheme, eight professors from countries such as Germany, Australia and the U.S. would visit the university to guide students and faculty on research topics, he added.

The conference would cover topics such as WiMax technology, Quantum cryptography, digital signal processing, optical communication and wireless communication.

The President also launched a multipurpose smartcard for students and staff of Anna University and inaugurated the Centre for Technology Development and Transfer.

Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu, MIT campus Dean P. Kanagasabapathy, and conference convenor and head of the Electronics Engineering department V. Vaidehi were also present.

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