The Union Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, appealed to students to work on innovative ideas while inaugurating the students’ Engineering Model Competition Meet and Expo as part of the 5th India International Science Festival (IISF) in Kolkata on 6 November.
The competition brought together several students from across India under one roof to showcase their innovative ideas. The competition was held at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (CSIR-IICB), Salt Lake, Kolkata, and saw the participation of around 200 students from across the country on the second day of IISF 2019.
Inaugurating the Meet & Expo, Dr Vardhan said that the government is always open to innovative ideas and welcomed students to take up startups too.
Reiterating the statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his inaugural address to the IISF on November 5, Dr Vardhan said that we all should make continuous efforts to get assured success.
He pointed out that over 200,000 innovative ideas have been developed and showcased by organisations like National Innovation Foundation in Ahmedabad. Appreciating the models prepared by the students, he particularly mentioned a model that has been made for one visually impaired student and said that these kinds of ideas would be further taken up to Rashtrapati Bhavan.
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 the Prime Minister 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.
He emphasised that even if someone is underprivileged, one should keep on making efforts to achieve their goals, and problems faced by them in their condition can help them identify scientific solutions to problems.
The exhibition has 108 models that are on display. Addressing the exhibitors, Dr Vardhan said that this should not be the end of their hard work, and they should keep making efforts towards entrepreneurship and startups.
The models brought to the event included technologies to make existing machines cost-effective, assistive technologies for disabled people. The minister visited the displayed models and he encouraged students to think how the 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 achieve success at once. Keep going and keep working hard till you achieve it,” he said.