Terrorism should be eradicated: President

Chennai, Mar 21 : With terrorism posing a great threat to global peace, President Pratibha Patil today said the menace should be dealt with a firm determination.

"Today, terrorism poses a grave threat to global peace, stability and progress. India has been a victim of terrorist attacks. This menace has to be dealt with determinedly and eradicated,"she said speaking at the passing out parade at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) here.

She said modern warfare must necessarily incorporate measures to counter threats posed by terrorism.

Emphasising the need for the army personnel to keep abreast of latest technological advancements, she said "the modern army is a knowledge-based force and application of science and Information Technology has become an integral part of defence preparedness and warfare."

"In today's knowledge-centric era, every soldier should be technology efficient, a requirement that highlights the need for better training for increased efficiency," she added.

"The nation looks up to you as examples of selflessness and dedication. You will be called upon to deliver in the most demanding circumstances and lead your men from the front," she told the cadets, adding"your training here has equipped you very well for this challenge."