106TH INDIAN SCIENCE CONGRESS
“IT WAS THROUGH SCIENCE THAT INDIA WAS TRANSFORMING ITS PRESENT AND WORKING TO SECURE ITS FUTURE”
“SCIENCE IS UNIVERSAL BUT TECHNOLOGY MUST BE LOCAL FOR PROVIDING SOLUTION TO PEOPLE”
Laying utmost emphasis on research in science and technology, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday coined a new slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan’ for the country and said that science was universal but technology must be local for providing solution to people. PM Modi said that in 1965, the second PM of the country Lal Bahadur Shastri gave the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ while in 1998, former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee added ‘Jai Vigyan’ after the Pokhran tests to this slogan underlining the importance of science and technology in India’s progress. “It was time to take one more step and I wish to add ‘Jai Anusandhan’ (research), hence the slogan becomes ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan’. Now, the emphasis would be on research for the poorest of the poor and the common man”, the PM added. The PM coined this slogan during the five-day long 106th Indian Science Congress based on the theme of ‘Future India: Science & Technology’ being held at Lovely Professional University Phagwara. Around 20,000 scientists from 60 countries and those from ISRO, academicians from AICTE, UGC, IISC, CSIR were taking part in the event.
Addressing the gathering, Modi recalled the immense contribution of Indian scientists including JC Bose, CV Raman and others for their services to the people through minimum resources under maximum struggle. “Scientists should work towards ease of living for the people. India’s true strength would be in connecting its science, technology and innovation with its people”, he said, adding that through modern science India was transforming its present and working continuously to secure its future. In his 30 minute speech, Modi also underlined the need to understand that research should not be held for the sake of conducting research. “We are building an ecosystem to commercialise innovations to benefit the farming community and common people. The scientific fraternity has to come out with a way of linking scientific advances to societal development and more scientific work was needed in the areas of affordable healthcare, agricultural productivity, food processing and related fields”, the PM emphasized. Further, highlighting some key concerns, the PM asked the scientists to analyse some questions pertaining to drought management, rains, cyclones, saving lives in such natural calamities, malnutrition, better technologies. “At the same time, can we solve problems of potable water, the spread of chickengunia, encephalitis, cyber security issues, affordable solar system for the poor? The underlining idea was that science has to be connected to the life of common man”, he said. Sharing his vision, PM Modi said, “In the fast changing world, neither India has got the right to stop, nor wait for somebody to do something. We cannot wait.
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