Prime Minister’s call to the people, celebrate the achievements of the country’s scientists

New Delhi, ( Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon the countrymen to celebrate the achievements of Indian scientists, highlighting the role of Indian scientists in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He also stressed on the need to prepare and implement modern policy on science, innovation and technology from all the states.

The Prime Minister was addressing the first session of the gathering via video conference after inaugurating the two-day ‘Centre-State Science Conference’ held at Science City in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Saturday. He said that the conference is an example of our mantra of development for all. Referring to the achievements of Indian scientists in various fields, including the indigenous corona vaccine, the Prime Minister said that when we celebrate the achievements of our scientists, science becomes a part of society and culture.

He said that we did not respect our scientists as much as compared to the western world. Therefore, my first request today is that we should celebrate the achievements of the scientists of our country with great enthusiasm. Prime Minister Modi said that in the development of 21st century India, science is like that energy which has the potential to accelerate the development of every region and development of every state. Today, when India is moving towards leading the fourth industrial revolution, the role of India’s science and people associated with this field is very important. Science is the basis of solution, development and innovation. With this inspiration, today’s new India, Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan as well as Jai Anusandhan is moving forward with the call.

Referring to the achievements of the central government in the field of science, Prime Minister Modi said that the government is working with the vision of science-based development. Investments in science and technology have increased significantly since 2014. Due to the efforts of the government, today India is ranked 46th in the Global Innovation Index, as compared to 81 in 2015.

He said that we have to work on many fronts simultaneously to make India a global center of research and innovation in this nectar period. We have to take our research related to science and technology to the local level. The Prime Minister said that it is necessary that every state formulate and implement a modern policy on science, innovation and technology. As governments we must cooperate as much as possible and cooperate with our scientists. This will create an atmosphere of scientific modernity in the country.

The Prime Minister said that to encourage innovation, the state governments should focus on building more and more scientific institutions and simplifying the process. The number of innovation labs in the higher education institutions of the states should be increased. States should take full advantage of the potential and expertise of their national level scientific institutions and national laboratories. We also have to get our science related institutions out of the state of silos.

The Prime Minister said that if we remember the early decades of the last century, we can find how the world was going through a period of devastation and tragedy. Even in that period, whether it was East or West, scientists everywhere were engaged in their great discovery. In the West, scientists like Einstein, Fermi, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Tesla were surprising the world with their experiments. At the same time many scientists including CV Raman, Jagdish Chandra Bose, Satyendranath Bose, Meghnad Saha, S Chandrashekhar were bringing their new discoveries to the fore.

The conference will conclude on September 11. This is the first conference of its kind. The objective of the conference is to strengthen the coordination and cooperation mechanism between the Center and the State with the spirit of cooperative federalism and to build a strong eco-system of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) across the country.(H.S)