The Prime Minister, Shri NarendraModi, has called for efforts to ensure that science, technology and innovation reach the poorest, the remotest and the most vulnerable person. He said that for a prosperous future for India, we need to put science, technology and innovation at the top of national priorities.In his address to the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai today, the Prime Minister said more resilient agriculture, appropriate and affordable technologies for rural areas,improving healthcare, making clean technology affordable, and making India a leading manufacturing nation and a hub for knowledge and technology-intensive industries, were some of the key objectives before Indian scientists.
The Prime Minister said a nation’s progress and its human development are linked to science and technology. He added that China’s emergence as the second biggest global economy is in parallel to its rise to the second place in science and technology activities.
The Prime Minister said each government department should have an officer focusing on science and technology relating to its area of work; and, allocate a percentage of its budget for such activities.“We have to place the university system at the cutting edge of the research and development activities in the country,” he added. Shir Modi said universities must be freed from the clutches of excessive regulation and cumbersome procedures.
The Prime Minister called upon Indian industry to step up investments in science and technology in its own interest. He said India’s own pharmaceutical industry has carved out a place for itself in the world, because it invests significantly in research.
He welcomed the initiatives of Department of Science and Technology for involving thousands of children and youth in science and technology.
The Prime Minister said India must “restore the pride and prestige of science and scientists in our nation; revive the romance for science in society; rekindle the love for it in our children; and, encourage our scientists – to dream, imagine and explore.”
The Prime Minister began his address by paying homage to eminent scientist Vasant Gowarikar, who passed away recently.