Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 16, 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the 4-day 105th National Science Congress at Manipur University besides laying foundation stones and inauguration of different projects.
This was his third visit to Manipur.
Modi called upon the scientific community of the nation to extend its research from labs to the ground. Time is ripe to facilitate ease of living through the power of science and technology, he added. He also called upon the scientists to develop an appropriate mechanism for interaction with school going children especially classes X, XI and XII. He suggested spending 100 hours with 100 students to discuss various
The union government has initiated several new programmes for North-east India in the area of science, with Agro-Meteorological Services under Gramin Krishi mausam Sewa which had been benefitting five lakh farmers, Ethno medicinal research centre to make use of available wild herbs, state climate change centres, bamboo classified as a grass from tree species which it scientifically is with change of amendment of National Bamboo Mission with an outlay of Rs. 1200 crores, said the Prime Minister.
There is still a question whether children are given sufficient exposure to science or not, said the Prime Minister.
He said India is facing major socio-economic challenges and need science and technology to make India clean, green and prosperous.
He highlighted the efforts of government in development of science and technology with being part of International Solar Alliance and Mission Innovation, plan to launch Chandrayyan-2 post the success of Chandrayaan-1 and also with the launching of prime Minister’s Research Fellows scheme.
The national leader urged the scientists of the country to come up with a simple, cost effective solution to Sickle Cell Anaemia which is affecting a large section of tribal population.
He also asked suggestions for 3D printing technology in construction of new houses, cleaning technologies of river pollution, efficient solar and wind power, energy storage, clean cooking etc.
He announced that a target of 100 gigawatt of installed solar power is set to be achieved by 2022.
“Technology will allow for greater penetration of services such as education, healthcare and banking to the our citizens. India should become a major player in developing technologies, devices, standards and manufacturing for 5-G broadband telecommunication network by 2020” he added.
Let us aim for India to be among the top-10 countries in the Global innovation Index by 2030, he added.
Tributes were paid to three distinguished scientists whom we lost in recent times, Padma Vibhushan Prof Yashpal, Padma Vibhushan Prof UR Rao and Padma Shree Dr. Baldev Raj. Modi mourned the death of eminent scientist, Stephen Hawking, whom he said, will be remembered as one of the greatest motivators.
Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh said that there was no proper guardian for Manipur, but with the coming of Narendra Modi, it has found its guardian. 194 colleges and thousands of students are taking part in this congress. Will be a game changer for host students, he added.
The science meet is the second time that the national science congress is held for the second time in NE India for a century old congress.