Indian Science Congress (ISC) 2019 was today inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While delivering the inaugural address, the Prime Minister recalled the great Indian scientists of the past, including Acharya J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, MeghnadSaha, and S.N. Bose, and said that they served the people through “minimum resources” and “maximum struggle.”
A four-day 106th Session of Indian Science Congress, 2019 is being held from 3rd to 7th January, 2019 at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, and Punjab.
During his inaugural address while recalling former Prime Ministers Lal Bahadur Shastriji and Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, he said that Shastriji gave us the slogan: “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” while Atalji added “Jai Vigyan” to it. He said that now the time has come to take a step further, by
adding “Jai Anusandhan.”
The Prime Minister urged that “Our Scientists must commit themselves to addressing problems of affordable healthcare, housing, clean air, water and energy, agricultural productivity and food processing. While Science is universal, technology must be local for providing solutions relevant to local needs and conditions.”
Narendra Modi urged the scientists to work towards ease of living for the people. In this context, he mentioned issues such as drought management in low rainfall areas; early disaster warning systems; tackling malnutrition; tackling diseases among children such as encephalitis; clean energy; clean drinking water; and cyber security. He called for time-bound solutions through research, in these areas. He also called for research, which is a fusion of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Science and Technology.
Noting that our strengths in research and development are built on the backbone of our national laboratories, central universities, IITs, IISC, TIFR and IISERs, the Prime Minister said that a strong research ecosystem must be developed in the State Universities and Colleges, as well.