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Vice President Naidu's address at the 3rd India International Science Festival
Addressing valedictory session of 3rd India International Science Festival on October 16 in Tamil Nadu, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that 'science is the cornerstone for the progress of mankind' since 'scientific inventions have revolutionised the world and shaped every aspect of the modern life', stated a press release.

"Indians have made significant contribution to the field of science from ancient times and are now in the forefront in state-of-the-art space technologies and the IT revolution sweeping the world," he added while urging to work towards recapturing our past glory and make India one of the leading nations in scientific and technological innovations.

He said, "Only science can throw up solutions for the present and emerging problems in the years to come. Artificial Intelligence, robotics, Internet of Things, big data analytics and digital manufacturing are going to change the way we are going to live. These areas need to be fully exploited with innovative and disruptive technologies."

He also stressed the need to create an ecosystem for bright researchers to thrive and ensure that youngsters do not get stifled by rules, red tape and favoritism. He further said that they must feel free to discuss ideas and take up innovative research.

He was of the view that only science was capable of finding solutions to the problems faced by mankind and making this planet a better place for the present and future generations.

"I would like the Department of Science and Technology to work closely with the Ministry of Human Resources to make science learning interesting and interactive right from early schooling. This is needed to inculcate greater interest in science among school students so that more and more youngsters take up basic research," he suggested.

I too strongly feel that science education at the school level has to be made processed based rather than being centred around content learning as the case presently.

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