A nation is strong only if its academic, economic, scientific and technological sectors are strong. We need to work together to make our nation strong and self-reliant in these areas", said Dr G Satheesh Reddy, SA to RM while delivering the 30th Convocation address at the SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu on September 11, 2016. On this occasion, Dr Satheesh was conferred with Honorary Doctorate of Science by the SASTRA University. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Satheesh said, "Science and Technology has traversed a long path from the times of Indus Valley to Higgs Boson. Our Nation has put in appreciable efforts in the field of basic and applied research. The Defence technology landscape is undergoing a major shift with the development of advanced systems. Indigenisation of technologies has put us on a path where we can confidently march along with the rest. We are no longer 'only buyers', but have gained enough expertise in vital areas." He also said that "the outstanding achievements of our nation in Space and Missile technologies reflect our inherent Science and Technology strengths, those we need to capitalise upon. R&D institutes, academia and industry need to collaborate, work hand-in-hand and provide innovative solutions, quality products and services".