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Research with deep and fundamental insights with technology development and nation-building: PM Modi at ISC-2019 in Jalandhar
Inaugurating the 106th Indian Science Congress (ISC) in Jalandhar of Punjab on January 3, Prime Minister Narendra stressed on the need of connecting Indian science, technology and innovation with the people.

The theme of this year's five-day ISC is 'Future India: Science and Technology' which will conclude on January 7, is meant 'to provide platform to researchers, academicians and industry champions to share their findings with the scholars zealous to excavate scientific findings and also to instigate budding science and technology enthusiasts to do meaningful extradition for ever-growing industry need and sustainable socio-economic system, stated the ISC release.

According to another official press release, in his inaugural address PM Modi 'recalled the great Indian scientists of the past, including Acharyas J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, Meghnad Saha, and S.N. Bose' who had served the people through 'minimum resources'  and 'maximum struggle' by integrating their 'deep and fundamental insights with technology development and nation-building'. 

He extended the slogan of "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan" by adding "Jai Anusandhan" to it and emphasized 'the pursuit of science is fulfilled through the achievement of two objectives: generation of profound or disruptive knowledge; and use of that knowledge for socio-economic good'. 

"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," the Prime Minister said as per the release.

The release mentions about the salient points made by PM Modi as follows.

-Big data analysis, artificial intelligence, block-chain etc should be utilised in the agricultural sector, needs to especially to help the farmers with relatively small farm-holdings.

-Scientists  need to work towards ease of living for the people  through finding solutions for 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.

-Major achievements of Indian science in 2018, included: production of aviation grade biofuel; Divya Nayan - a machine for visually impaired; inexpensive devices for diagnosis of cervical cancer, TB and dengue; a real-time landslide warning system in the Sikkim-Darjeeling region.

-Strong pathways to commercialization are needed to leverage   our Research & Development achievements, through industrial products. 

- Intensify research which is a fusion of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Science and Technology. 

He announced that the Union Government has approved a National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems and mentioned about the success of Cartosat 2 and other satellites and aim of sending three Indians into space, through the Gaganyaan in 2022 and the 'Prime Minister's Research Fellows' Scheme.

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