Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday inaugurated an engineering model competition at the ongoing India International Science Festival in Kolkata.
The competition has brought together several students from across the country under one roof to showcase their innovative ideas. The competition was held at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (CSIR-IICB). It witnessed the participation of more than 200 students from across the country.
Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the government was always open to innovative ideas and welcomed students to take up start-ups. He pointed out that over two lakh innovative ideas have been developed and showcased by organisations like the National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad.
Appreciating the models prepared by the students, he particularly mentioned a model that has been made by one visually impaired student and said that such kind of ideas would be further taken up. He emphasised that even if someone is underprivileged, one should keep on making efforts to achieve their goals and problems faced by him in his condition can help him find scientific solutions to problems.
He said that science and technology, apart from being used as intellectual assets, can give solutions to various problems that we are facing. “Innovation coefficient is very important and Prime Minister Narendra Modi encourages youngsters for their innovative ideas. India can harness young talent and students can give solutions to each and every existing problem,” Dr Vardhan added.
The exhibition has 108 models on display. Addressing the exhibitors Dr Vardhan said that this exhibition should not be the end of their hard work. They should keep making efforts towards entrepreneurship and start-ups. The models displayed at the event show that India’s youth is not short of creativity. From technologies to make existing machines more cost-effective to developing assistive technologies for disabled people, this event was an inspiration for dreamers, achievers and curious minds.
Dr Vardhan interacted with students and encouraged them to think about how these models can be taken up to the next level. “Choose any subject for innovation and make efforts. Do not get disheartened if you do not attempt success at once. Keep going and keep working hard till you achieve it,” he said.
During a session on science communication in Indian languages, Dr Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, Vice-Chancellor, Maulana Azad Urdu University, Hyderabad, emphasised on the importance of communicating science through regional languages. “The thinking and behaviour of a society depend on what they read. Scientific attitude can be propagated only if it is delivered in one’s local language,” he said.