The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC) today at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.
Delivering the inaugural address, the Prime Minister said, “The growth story of India depends on its achievements in the Science & Technology sector. There is a need to revolutionise the landscape of Indian Science Technology and Innovation.”
“My motto for the young scientists bourgeoning in this country has been – “Innovate, Patent, Produce and Prosper”. He said these four steps will lead India towards a faster development. “Innovation for the people and by the people is direction of our ‘New India”, he added.
He said, “New India needs technology and also a logical temperament, so that we can give a new direction to our social and economic sectors”. He said science and technology provides a level playing field in making opportunities accessible to all and that it also plays a unifying role in the society.
Prime Minister said, “Now the developments in information and communication technology are able to provide cheaper smart phones & cheaper data and that has made it accessible to everyone in the country, where as it was seen as a privilege of the few earlier. This made the common man now believe that he is not distantly separated from the Government. Now he can directly connect with the Government and make his voice heard”
Prime Minister exhorted the young scientists to work in the field of rural development where there are several opportunities for cheaper and better innovations.
Referring to the theme of 107th ISC - “Science and Technology: Rural Development”, the Prime Minister said that it is only due to Science & Technology, that Government Programmes have reached the needy.
He highlighted that India now stands at 3rd position globally, in the number of Peer-reviewed Science and Engineering Publications. “I have been told that India has climbed to third position globally in the number of peer reviewed science and engineering publications. It is also growing at a rate of about 10% as compared to global average of 4%”, he said.
He also mentioned about Improvement in India’s ranking at Innovation Index to 52. He highlighted that Government programmes have created more incubators in the last 5 years than in previous 50 years.
Prime Minister said Technology is being harnessed at a large scale to achieve the objective of Good Governance. “Yesterday our Government was able to release to 6 crore beneficiaries the instalment under the PM-KISAN programme. This was possible only due the Aadhaar enabled technology”, he said. Similarly he said that it was technology which helped in building toilets and providing electricity to the poor. He said that owing to the technology of Geo Tagging and Data Science, many of the projects in rural and urban areas could be timely completed.
Prime Minister said, “We are continuing our efforts to ensure the ‘Ease of doing Science’ and effectively using information technology to reduce red tape”.
He emphasized that Digitalisation, E Commerce, Internet Banking and Mobile Banking services are assisting rural population significantly. He said Technology can be harnessed for several rural development initiatives, particularly in the area of cost effective Agriculture and Farm to Consumer supply chain network.
He urged everyone to find technological solutions for - stalk burning, maintenance of Ground water tables, prevention of communicable diseases, environment friendly transportation etc. He emphasized that Science and technology has a major role in contributing towards making India a $5 Trillion Economy.
Prime Minister Modi also launched the I-STEM Portal on the occasion.
I am particularly happy that one of my first programmes in the start of a new-year and new decade is linked to science, technology and innovation.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
This programme is happening in Bengaluru, a city linked with science and innovation: PM @narendramodi
When we start year 2020 with positivity and optimism of science and technology driven development, we take one more step in fulfilling our dream: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
I am also happy to learn that India’s ranking has improved in the Innovation Index to 52. Our programs have created more technology business incubators in the last five years than in the previous 50 years!— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
I congratulate our scientists for these accomplishments: PM @narendramodi
My motto for the young scientists in this country has been -"Innovate, Patent, Produce and Prosper”.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
These four steps will lead our country towards faster development: PM @narendramodi
आज देश में Governance के लिए, जितने बड़े पैमाने पर साइंस एंड टेक्नोलॉजी का इस्तेमाल हो रहा है, उतना पहले कभी नहीं हुआ: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
We are continuing our efforts to ensure the ‘Ease of doing Science’, and effectively using Information Technology to reduce red tape: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
Plastic Waste के साथ-साथ Electronic Waste से मेटल को निकालने और उसके Reuse को लेकर भी हमें नई तकनीक, नए समाधान की ज़रूरत है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
There is a need for revolution in technologies assisting agricultural practices.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
Can we find farmer-centric solutions to the problem of stalk burning for instance?
Can we also redesign our brick kilns for reduced emissions and greater energy efficiency: PM @narendramodi
Another important point I wish to make is the significance of "Make in India" in medical devices to bring the fruits of advances in diagnostics to our people.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
Mahatma Gandhi once said, "It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver": PM @narendramodi
Our successes in space exploration should now be mirrored in the new frontier of the deep sea.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
We need to explore, map and responsibly harness the vast oceanic resources of water, energy, food and minerals: PM @narendramodi
We know from science that the potential energy, the silent form of energy, can move mountains by its conversion to the kinetic energy of motion.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 3, 2020
Can we build a Science in Motion: PM @narendramodi