Chandigarh August 11, 2020: Former Indian Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said that Information dominance and self-sustainability are the key to deal with the adverse situations of national security and Covid-19 pandemic while addressing a national webinar on ‘Valour of Indian Air Force as a motivator for the young generation in times of Covid-19’ organized by Department of Psychology at Panjab University.
He added that the country needs innovators and eco-systems in all spheres to promote self-dependence in the defence sector.
He said the government’s decision to ban the import of 101 defence items is good for the domestic industry and will make them compete and excel.
Dhanoa, who as the IAF chief presided over the Balakote strikes in Pakistan after the 2019 Pulwama terror attack, said the high motivation of armed personnel even in the peacetime should be an example for the citizens, particularly young generation, to tide over the pandemic-induced adversities.
The need of the hour is to bring about behavioural change so as to courageously face the new normal, he added.
Welcoming Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa on his maiden visit to the University campus, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Raj Kumar said that the young generation has always looked up to the glorious saga of armed forces as a motivational symbol of sacrifice and bravery.
Dean University Instructions Prof R K Singla said that the men in uniform are a great source of inspiration for the nation.
Prof Seema Vinayak, chairperson of the psychology department, while introducing the webinar, said the government’s action plan is as important as the morale of people, particularly young generation, to strengthen the national resolve in the face of Covid-19. The webinar is part of the psychologists’ efforts to promote positive mental health, she added. Prof Jitendra Mohan presented a vote of thanks.