New Delhi: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, said that science must work for our people by contributing to their development and well-being. He emphasised the need to enhance the quality and relevance of our scientific enterprise. He was speaking at the National Science Day celebrations, organised by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, in New Delhi, today.
The President said that we should aim to reach all the stakeholders of science and indeed society at large with all the tools, knowledge, manpower and infrastructure in our universities and laboratories. He was happy to note that on the lines of corporate social responsibility, the Department of Science and Technology is developing the concept of ‘Scientific Social Responsibility’ and turning it into a policy which will involve voluntary activities like sharing scientific infrastructure, mentoring college faculty, fostering research culture, and organizing young students’ visits to top laboratories.
The President said that the basic purpose of the National Science Day is to spread the message of the importance of science. He stated that there are two aspects to it – science in itself, a quest for pure knowledge, and science in society, as a tool for enhancing the quality of life. He said that both are interlinked, as scientific attitude is common to them.
The President said that it is through science and technology that we can effectively address challenges of the environment, healthcare, energy for equitable economic growth, food and water security, and communication; to name a few. He noted that the challenges before us today are multifold and complex.
The President also said that the increasing mismatch between demand and supply of various resources is likely to lead to conflicts in future and we will have to rely on science and technology in our search for sustainable solutions to these challenges.
The President concluded by saying, “Let us remember that the fruits of scientific research will make the best impact only when they reach our less-privileged institutions, our youth, our women and our socio-economically weaker segments. On this day, let us resolve to make science an instrument of inclusive progress that respects and indeed harnesses the power of diversity of 1.3 billion people.”
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