105th Indian Science Congress inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Modi
Manipur: Hon’ble Prime Minister inaugurated the 105th Indian Science Congress (ISC) at Manipur University today 16th March. The five-day-long mega event will conclude on the 20th of this month. His opening address began by paying tribute to three very eminent Indian scientists whom we lost in recent times – Padma Vibhushan Prof Yashpal, Padma Vibhushan Prof UR Rao, and Padma Shri Dr. Baldev Raj. The Prime Minister stated that they all made outstanding contributions to Indian science and education.
Prime Minister Shri Modi said let us also join the world to mourn the death of one of the greatest physicists of our time, Stephen Hawking. He was a friend of India and visited our country twice. He will be remembered as one of the world’s greatest motivators of all time because of his unusually high commitment and spirit against all odds.
Shri Modi said that he was happy to be in Imphal today, on the occasion of the 105th session of the Indian Science Congress and delighted to be among scientists, whose work paves the way for a better tomorrow. Manipur University is emerging as an important center of higher education in the North-East. This is just the second time in over a century that the Indian Science Congress is being held in the North-East and is a testimony to the resurgent spirit of the North East.
The Prime Minister stated that this is a suitable time to redefine ‘R&D’ as ‘Research’ for the ‘Development’ of the nation – that is ‘R&D’ in the real sense.
Science is after all, but a means to a far greater end – of making a difference in the lives of others, of furthering human progress and welfare. The time is also ripe, to commit ourselves to facilitate 'Ease of Living' for 125 crore Indians, through the power as well as the potential of science and technology, Prime Minister added.
In this occasion, Shri Modi said that the ISC has a rich legacy, led by some of India’s tallest and finest scientists, such as Acharya J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, Meghnad Saha and S.N. Bose. New India, should seek inspiration from the high standards of excellence, set by these great scientists. He stated the theme “Reaching the Unreached through Science and Technology” chosen for this year is very close to my heart.
The Union Government has started several new programs for the North-Eastern States, in the area of science. Agro-Meteorological Services are being provided under the ग्रामीणकृषिमौसमसेवा. This is helping over 5 lakh farmers in the region. The Union Government is now working to expand this network to all districts of the North-East. An “Ethno Medicinal Research Centre” has been set up in Manipur. This will undertake research on the wild herbs available in the North Eastern region with unique medicinal and aromatic properties.
The Indian Science Congress was also attended by Union Minister of Science & Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan, and State Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh.
Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla, MOS for the Ministry of DONER, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey were on the dais of the inaugural function. Prof. Achyuta Samanta, General President of ISCA gave the keynote address. Senior officials of the Union and State government, and scientists from the country and abroad also attended the inaugural function of 105th Indian Science Congress.