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Focus research on societal problems: Vice President Naidu at Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Indian Council of Social Science Research
Vice President (VP) M Venkaiah Naidu urged the India social scientists and researchers to come up with 'innovative and out-of-box solutions to address various problems confronting the world from eradicating poverty to achieving sustainable development.'

Speaking at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), May 13, he said that the 'objective of every research outcome should be to better the lives of the people'  and 'the upliftment of the poor should be the goal of social science research' by spending time in the field with the people.

"On the completion of 50 years of ICSSR, the above issues need to be addressed in the Indian perspective and accelerate the momentum created by ICSSR for promotion of social science research for the larger benefit of society and nation as a whole," stated VP Naidu in the press release.

The VP was of the view that with tight boundaries between various disciplines almost disappearing, today's researchers cannot confine themselves to compartmentalized silos and must have a basic understanding of other related disciplines. He suggested that health, education and environment cannot be confined to particular disciplines.

He stated, "The canvas of new research both in science and social science is vast and will definitely help young researchers to get a wider perspective on various phenomena. The emerging areas in bio-technology, genetic engineering, biodiversity, new materials, micro-machines, bio-medical simulations and equipment, new dominions in space research and technology including permanent human habitat in space, and similar new frontiers in oceans, are some of the examples."

He suggested that social scientists were required to think of new areas of research which could be of crucial concern to the nation while keeping in mind collective concern for rest of the world, as per the official release.

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