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India cannot become education superpower without investment: Former United Nations Secretary General

Updated on Mon, 10 February 2014 at 13:00 IST

Kofi Annan, the Former United Nations Secretary General, has stressed that Indian education system needs investments if it wants to become education superpower.

"Scientific innovation can strengthen industry and transform society by facilitating the transition to a high-value, knowledge-based economy. This transition is well underway in India - for decades a leader in the field of information technology," he said, after distributing Infosys Prize 2013 here.

Stating that at the root of scientific advances is the brilliance, imagination and hard-work of talented people, he said "the leaders in scientific innovation will therefore be those countries which maximize the potential of their citizens and retain the brightest and best minds."

Kofi Annan acknowledged the role of Indians in America and their contributions in development of USA. But this "Brain Drain' has damaged Indian economy.

"This is not only keeping many talented young people in India but also persuading those who have gone abroad to return," he added.

 
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