"Bureaucracy is like odourless, tasteless, colourless, and shapeless water in a glass. It will become sweet if sugar is added, and poisonous if poison is added. It depends on how a government uses the bureaucracy. It takes time to remove poison from water by treating it repeatedly, and that is what is being done at present".
This was how Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, in a lighter vein, stressed the need to bring reforms in bureaucracy.
After inaugurating a three-day international conference on 'Enabling Make in India: Challenges & Opportunities for Engineering Education' organised by the KLE Technological University, here on Wednesday, he delivered a speech full of stories, humourous criticism, and even philosophical thoughts.
He hinted at how bureaucracy works, by telling a story of a lion which escaped from the zoo and safely hid itself inside the room of pending files in the secretariat building for eight months. He was of the opinion that application of management principles can bring reforms in bureaucracy. He was also critical about consultancies and mass media.
'All about mindset'
'Make in India' is basically a mindset of quality, efficiency, execution, reforms in bureaucracy, and integrity. As one can interpret an issue both positively and negatively, the mindset to understand properly is most important. Zero tolerance to errors, efficiency in what we do, having a pool of knowledge, proper execution, and integrity are essential, Mr Parrikar said.
Brain drain can also result in damage to our genetic pool, as many talented persons have migrated to foreign countries. Educational institutes should strive hard to develop qualitative knowledge pool in the country, he noted.
'Make in India' concepts are being implemented in defence sector also, and thousands of more engineering jobs would be created in the aviation sector. As assured by the prime minister, helicopters would be manufactured by the HAL plant in Karnataka by 2018, he added.
AICTE former chairman R Natarajan delivered the keynote address, and he observed that inadequate infrastructure and manpower are the major obstacles for 'Make in India'.
Bringing reforms, building required skills, investing in research and development, firms with better abilities, and technology business incubation are needed.
Sustainable energy and inclusive development are the challenges before the engineering sector, Dr Natarajan said.
MP Pralhad Joshi stressed the need to develop entrepreneurial mindset among students, who search only for jobs.
KLE Society Chairman Prabhakar Kore, who presided over the function, stated that free treatment would be offered to one lakh patients, and lakhs of saplings would be planted as part of the KLE Society's centenary celebrations.
KLETU Vice-Chancellor Ashok Shettar, Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) Executive Director Krishna Vedula, Dr Prakash Tewari, and others were present on the occasion.