Modi, while inaugurating at Centre-State Science Conclave in Ahmedabad, pointed out that when we celebrate the achievements of our scientists, science becomes part of our society, and it becomes part of the culture
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that science is like that energy in the development of 21st century India. PM Modi made the statement while inaugurating the ‘Centre-State Science Conclave’ in Ahmedabad via video conferencing. He said that the organisation of this conclave is a clear example of Sabka Prayas.
“Science is like that energy in the development of 21st century India, which has the power to accelerate the development of every region and the development of every state. Today, when India is moving towards leading the fourth industrial revolution, the role of India’s science and people related to this field is very important. In such a situation, the responsibility of people in administration and policy making increases significantly,” the PM said.
He said that science is the basis of solutions, evolution and innovation and it is with this inspiration, that today’s new India is moving forward with Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan as well as Jai Anusandhan. “If we remember the early decades of the last century, we find how the world was going through a period of devastation and tragedy. But even in that era, whether it was about the East or the West, scientists everywhere were engaged in their great discovery. In the West, scientists like Einstein, Fermi, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, and Tesla were dazzling the world with their experiments. In the same period, many scientists including CV Raman, Jagdish Chandra Bose, Satyendranath Bose, Meghnad Saha, and S Chandrashekhar were bringing their new discoveries to the fore.”
Modi pointed out that when we celebrate the achievements of our scientists, science becomes part of our society, and it becomes part of the culture. He requested everybody to celebrate the achievements of the scientists of our country. “Scientists are giving ample reasons to the country to celebrate them,” he added.
He said that the government is working with the thinking of Science-Based Development. “Since 2014, there has been a substantial increase in investment in the field of science and technology. Due to the efforts of the government, today India is ranked 46th in the Global Innovation Index, whereas in 2015, India was at number 81”, the Prime Minister added. He acknowledged the record number of patents being registered in the country. He also noted the climate of innovation and a vibrant startup ecosystem.
The PM pointed out that “inclination for science, technology and innovation is in the DNA of our young generation. We need to support this young generation with full strength.” The Prime Minister listed new sectors and missions in the field of research and innovation to support the innovative spirit of the youth. He gave examples of Space Mission, National Supercomputing Mission, semiconductor mission, Mission Hydrogen and drone technology. Similarly, NEP is promoting this by providing Science and technology education in the mother tongue.