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The Prime Minister delivered the inaugural address at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress. Theme of the event this year - ‘Future India: Science and Technology’ Reflecting on the theme of the event this year the Prime Minister said that India’s true strength will be in connecting its science, technology and innovation, with its people.

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Highlights of the Event

  • The great Indian scientists of the past, including Acharyas J. C. Bose, C. V. Raman, Meghnad Saha, and S. N. Bose served the people through “minimum resources” and “maximum struggle. “

  • Shastri ji gave us the slogan: “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, ” while Atal ji added “Jai Vigyan” to it. Now the time has come to take a step further, by adding “Jai Anusandhan. “

  • Big data analysis, artificial intelligence, block-chain etc should be utilised in the agricultural sector, especially to help the farmers with relatively small farm-holdings.

  • The scientists to work towards ease of living for the people. In this context, issues such as drought management in low rainfall areas; early disaster warning systems; tackling malnutrition; tackling diseases among children such as encephalitis; clean energy; clean drinking water; and cyber security. It called for time-bound solutions through research, in these areas.

  • Strong pathways to commercialization, are needed to leverage our Research & Development achievements, through industrial products.

  • Noting that our strengths in research and development are built on the backbone of our national laboratories, central universities, IITs, IISC, TIFR and IISERs, the Prime Minister said that a strong research ecosystem must be developed in the State Universities and Colleges, as well.

Initiatives by Government

  • The pursuit of science is fulfilled through the achievement of two objectives: generation of profound or disruptive knowledge; and use of that knowledge for socio-economic good.

  • The Government has launched the Atal Innovation Mission to promote innovation among our scientists.

  • More Technology Business Incubators have been established in the last four years than in the forty years before that.

  • The Union Government has approved a National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems with an investment of over Rs. 3600 crore. The Mission will cover in a seamless way, R&D, Technology Development, Human resources and Skills, Innovation, Start-up Ecosystem and strong Industry and International Collaborations,

  • Speaking on achievements in the space sector, the success of CartoSAT 2 and other satellites.

  • Preparations are underway for sending three Indians into space, through the Gaganyaan in 2022.

  • Research has begun to find an effective solution for sickle cell anaemia.

  • The ‘Prime Minister’s Research Fellows’ Scheme under which, a thousand bright minds from the best Institutions in the country will be offered direct admission in Ph. D. Programs in IITs and IISc, The scheme will catalyze quality research and address shortage of faculty in the premier Educational Institutions,

Major Achievements

Major achievements of Indian science in 2018, including:

  1. Production of aviation grade biofuel;

  2. Divya Nayan - a machine for visually impaired;

  3. Inexpensive devices for diagnosis of cervical cancer, TB and dengue

- Published/Last Modified on: March 12, 2019

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