Thursday, 7 January 2016

103rd Indian Science Congress

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi called to bridge the gap between science and indigenous knowledge while speaking to the august gathering of
Nobel Laureates, Scientists and delegates across the world during the inauguration of 103rd Indian Science Congress, at the University of the Mysore, Mysore today. Modi stressed that, innovation in approach is not just the obligation of thegovernment, but also the responsibility of the private sector and the academia. It was the time of a new awakening in India which sought not just freedom, but also human advancement in India. He drew the attention of the delegates towards the one of the biggest challenges for the world, and one that dominated global attention last year which is to define a path to a more prosperous future for our world and a more sustainable future for our planet. We were consistent in our message that it is not enough to speak of targets and restraints but it is essential to find solutions that help us easy transition to a future of clean energy said the Prime Minister.  For this, he stressed on 3 A’s Available, Accessible and Affordable for all. Prime minister suggested for the network of 30-40 universities and labs focusing for next 10 years on transforming the way we produce, distribute and consume energy which he said he will also pursue in G 20. This is especially critical for India to achieve target of adding 175 GW of renewable generation by 2022. He called to employ fossil fuel for more efficient use and tap newer sources of renewable energy like ocean waves to geo thermal. Calling the century as Urban Century where by middle of this century two thirds of world’s population will live in the cities he said that, studies suggest that nearly 40% of the global urban population lives in informal settlements, or slums, where they face a range of health and nutritional challenges.

He said that, the impact of science will be the most when scientists and technologists will keep  the principles of what I call Five Es at the centre of their enquiry and engineering: Economy, Environment, Energy, Empathy and
Equity. The occasion saw the presence of Shri. Vajubhai
Rudabhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka, Shri. Siddaramaiah,
Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of
Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of
India, Shri. Y.S. Chowdary, minister of State for Science and
Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India, Dr.
Ashok Kumar Saxena, General President