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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said science should be at the centre of policy-making and stressed that the Centre and states have to “cooperate and collaborate” with the scientific community to frame modern policies that meet local needs such as affordable housing, promote climate-resilient agriculture and boost circular economy through waste processing.
“We’ll have to simultaneously work on multiple fronts to make India a global centre of research and innovation during the ‘Amrit Kaal’ (in the next 25 years)… This is the need of the hour. Every state must emphasise on innovation to bring out specific solutions for local problems,” said the PM while addressing via video-conference the first-of-its-kind Centre-State Science Conclave being held in Ahmedabad. He urged the stakeholders to take the country’s scientific institutions out of the “state of silos” for their optimum utilisation.
“The coming 25 years are the most important years for the country as it will determine the new identity and strength of India,” he said. All states, except Jharkhand and Bihar, are participating in the two-day conclave which is brainstorming on different thematic areas including on a roadmap for the Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) Vision 2047 to make India a global centre of research and innovation.
He lauded the role of Indian scientists in developing the Covid-19 vaccine and contributing to the world’s biggest vaccine drive. Noting that there has been a substantial increase in investment on science and technology since 2014, he said, “Due to the efforts of the government, India is today ranked 46th in the Global Innovation Index, whereas it was at 81st position in 2015. We won’t stop here. We’ll have to move further up.” Modi acknowledged the record number of patents being registered in the country and asked states to promote research and innovation as per their local needs.
Recalling contributions of Indian scientists such as CV Raman, Jagdish Chandra Bose, Satyendranath Bose, Meghnad Saha and S Chandrashekhar at the same period when great scientists from the West were dazzling the world with their experiments, Modi lamented that unlike the western countries, India failed to adequately celebrate the work of scientists, which turned a large section indifferent towards science. “When we celebrate the achievements of our scientists, science becomes part of our society. It becomes part of the culture,” he said.

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