PUDUCHERRY: Former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam firmly believed that India should go in for nuclear power generation on a large scale, using thorium-based reactors.
On March 5, 2010, while addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Commonwealth Science and Technology Academy for Research in Chennai he said Thorium, a non-fissile material,is abundant in the country and suggested that intensive research is essential and necessary for converting thorium and utilising it for generating maximum electric power through thorium based reactors.
He suggested that the programme in proteomics has to be given more thrust with the cooperation of the International Scientific Community. (Proteomics is the study of proteins expressed by the genome of a cell and helps understand the basic processes critical to normal cellular functions as well as the development of diseases. It identifies the components and exploits these components as targets in the development of new methods to prevent or treat diseases.)
Kalam stressed that it will be a challenge for scientists to have an integrated vaccine development leading to the production of anti-vaccine HIV/AIDS.