'Innovate for India', Minister Pradhan asks scientific community
“Integrate India’s rich ancient legacy in advanced scientific concepts and mathematics with modern scientific methods of investigation,” Dharmendra Pradhan
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan has appealed to the scientific community to” innovate for India and create competitive advantage” to make the country “Aatmanirbhar”.
Speaking at the curtain raiser for the 6th India International Science Festival 2020, being organized by the Ministries of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Health and Family Welfare on Saturday, he called upon the scientists to create products and services which can compete with the best in the world. The theme of the event was “Self-reliant India and Global Welfare.”
Underling the role of science and innovation in the development of any society, Pradhan said, “The COVID19 pandemic has once again demonstrated that we have to develop and strengthen our institutional and industrial capacity in scientific knowledge and innovation in all areas”.
Outlining Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, Pradhan said an Aatmanirbhar Bharat is a Bharat which does not only fulfills its own requirements but also is a beacon of hope for the global community, true to the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbukam.’
Minister Pradhan said that India’s strive to achieve self-reliance cannot be possible without the appropriate use of science and technology for economic development and societal benefit.
“Through a robust R&D ecosystem, we could develop state-of-the art products and services, make existing systems and processes more efficient,” the Minister said, while appealing to the scientific community to integrate India’s rich ancient legacy in advanced scientific concepts and mathematics with modern scientific methods of investigation, to unravel the secrets behind many of these practices and scientifically establish them.
Appreciating the scientific community for driving India’s stride in various areas like space exploration, agriculture, pharma, Pradhan appealed to them to work even more towards solving real life industry and social problems.