New Delhi: Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, presided over the Curtain Raiser event of the India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 held at the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), a DRDO laboratory at Leh-Ladakh on Tuesday, 8th December. The event was organised as a virtual conference. The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – National Geophysical Research Institute (CSIR-NGRI) also organised a curtain-raiser and outreach program via a virtual platform recently.
The India International Science Festival (IISF) is celebrated every year to promote science & technology and demonstrate how science could lead India to being a developed nation within a short span of time. The aim is to engage the public with science, celebrate the joy of science, and show how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) provide solutions to improve lives.
Sci-Tech Minister Vardhan in his address via online media briefed the audience about the importance and relevance of celebrating this festival and asked all the stakeholders to promote and make science and technology reach every remote location of the country. He further emphasised the importance of s&t in realising the theme of the 26th IISF – to ‘make India self-reliant and contribute to global welfare’. He also congratulated DIHAR for its contribution towards improving the agro-animal development of the Ladakh region.
Lt. Governor of Ladakh UT, RK Mathur, in his address spoke about the role of science & technology in improving the socio-economic standard of the population as well as its inherent capacity to reach every corner of the country, irrespective of challenging physical boundaries. He further said that this is relevant for the Ladakh region’s life, where the prevailing harsh environment throws greater challenge for sustenance of humans and animal. He stated that s&t has immensely helped to make life in Ladakh more comfortable for the general public and remunerative for the local farmers. In this area the contributions of DIHAR are commendable.
Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Member of Parliament, Ladakh, in his address appreciated the contributions of DIHAR in developing suitable technologies to increase the availability of vegetable diversity in Ladakh and said that the endeavours of utilising the potential of S&T have to be disseminated in various other domains and far flung locations.
Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, DD R&D & Chairman, DRDO, sent his wishes to the organisers and the scientific community for this festival of science and technology. Dr. AK Singh, DG (Life Sciences) in DRDO, spoke about strengthening s&t to find local solutions to the prevailing local problems.
The event witnessed participation via online media from diverse areas like administration, policy, education, agriculture, entrepreneurship and students.
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