The security guys moved in to the hotel this morning in droves and set up perimeter security around the place, and security checks at the conference entry points. They also confiscated mobile phones from delegates or at least insisted phones were left in bedrooms. Why? Because the President of India, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was arriving to address the Nasscom delegation. Speaking to a packed house he gave an erudite and incredibly technologically advanced dissertation on his vision of India’s future.
This is a guy who really understands the potential and has ambitious plans for growth - $200bn GDP by 2010 from $60bn; India leading the technology revolution; the smallest village linked to the world and providing opportunities for every child to reach their potential. He wants India’s BPO industry to promote the ‘tier two’ cities to spread the wealth and lessen the strain on the major ‘traditional BPO’ cities (Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad primarily), and he wants India to lead the R&D activity into new technological products, and to drive the ‘knowledge networks’ across the rest of Asia and the Far East. An impressively detailed presentation - but then he is, as I understand, a rocket scientist by trade.
Check out his website.