January 2016, National
103rd Indian Science Congress recently took place in Mysuru .
Delivering the inaugural address of the flagship event, Mr.Modi said India had made giant strides in science and said that India’s success spans from the core of the tiny atom to the vast frontier of space and the country was once again turning towards scientists and innovators to realize the goals of economic welfare and development of 1.2 billion people and address problems plaguing India.
India was witness to another revolution in the present times, one of empowerment and opportunities in India. “”We are once again turning to our scientists and innovators to realize our goals of human welfare and economic development’’, said Mr.Modi.
The 33 minute speech of the Prime Minister touched upon the entire gamut of the major plenary sessions and themes listed for discussions in the Indian Science Congress ranging from agriculture and forestry sciences to biotechnology and marine sciences, space, urbanisation, Mr.Modi stressed on urbanisation and environment and said the world was on the cusp of entering an urban era with more than 2/3rd of the world population living in the cities while 50 per cent of India’s population would live in urban areas by 2050.
Besides, by 2025, 10 per cent of the global urban population would be in India where more than 40 per cent of them live in slums devoid of humane living conditions and deprived of access to quality life. This throws up fresh problems, said Mr.Modi who referred to the smart cities project sand said they set the vision for sustainability of the cities.‘’We need sound policies for achieving our goals but also depend on science and technology for securing our future’’, said Mr.Modi. As we increase the level of our ambition of our people, we will also have to increase the scale of our efforts, said the Prime Minister.
He stressed the imperatives of greater emphasis on scientific tools to improve city planning with sensitivity to local ecology and heritage pointing out that good governance is not just about policy and decision making, transparency and accountability but was also about ‘’integrating science and technology into the choices we make and the strategies we pursue’’, he added.
Some of the salient features in Modi’s address
>We have enhanced food and health security; and, we have given hope for a better life to others in the world.
>As we increase the level of our ambition for our people, we will also have to increase the scale of our efforts.
>>Good governance is about integrating science and technology into the choices we make and the strategies we pursue.
>Our digital networks are expanding the quality and reach of public services and social benefits for the poor.
>I am encouraging greater scientific collaboration between Central and State institutions and agencies.
>We will make it easier to do science and research in India.
>Innovation must not be just the goal of our science. Innovation must also drive the scientific process.
>We succeeded in bringing innovation and technology to the heart of the climate change discourse.
>We need research and innovation to make clean energy technology available, accessible and affordable for all.
>Cities are the major engines of economic growth, employment opportunities and prosperity.
>We must develop better scientific tools to improve city planning with sensitivity to local ecology and heritage.