The DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC) in Hyderabad, India, recently hosted former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a renowned nuclear scientist instrumental in establishing and guiding India’s nuclear program.
Dr. Kalam was specially invited to tour the new, but yet-to-be-launched DuPont Ballistics Range in DKC. He was formally welcomed to DKC by Homi Bhedwar, director – DKC; Rajeev Vaidya, president, South Asia – DuPont; and Harold Snyder, regional director – DuPont Performance Polymers (DPP), Asia Pacific. DuPont leaders walked him through the history of the company at the ‘Heritage Wall’ and then gave him a preview of the ballistics lab where he fired a bullet.
Dr. Kalam also addressed more than 400 DKC employees with an inspiring speech on key issues facing the country today. In his overview on Indian agriculture, Dr. Kalam said, “We need science and technology to play an important role in how we can double food production in the next two decades. I am happy to see the work going on in the DuPont Knowledge Center because the technology should come from within India and cannot come from outside."
On energy, he highlighted the areas where DuPont can play a significant part, especially in the solar energy sector.
“Collectively as a world we are paying for the cost of fossil fuel and the continuous environmental degradation,” he said. “I am glad that DuPont is participating in the National Solar Power Mission, and it should mount a program for developing high efficiency carbon nanotube (CNT) based photovoltaic cells.”
Dr. Kalam received a standing ovation, gave away a few autographed copies of his books and planted and dedicated a sapling in his name before he concluded his visit.