Importance of science elaborated by the Prime Minister of India
Vishnu Mohan | 04 Jan 2013

During the inauguration ceremony of the Indian Science Congress in Kolkata on Thursday, January 3, 2013, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India rightly pointed out that Science can help bridge the gap between haves and have-nots in the country.

THE CHIEF highlights of his speech given are as follows :- Even as India seeks a sustained growth of national income, Science can help bridge the gap between haves and have-nots;

- Dr. Singh called upon the scientific commuity to carve out a niche for India's leadership in some areas of science. It was time, he felt, for research in the public sector to be supplemented by private laboratories for faster growth, reported The Hindu.

- Unveiling the "Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2013", the Prime Minister pointed out that since 65% of India's population lives in rural areas, a 4% growth in agricultural productivity is imperative for food security.  He added, "We need breakthroughs in technology to tap more water and raise land productivity.  This transformation of agriculture must be the top priority of planning, science and technology policies".

- Dr Singh emphasized, "Invest in popularizing science in schools, colleges and workplaces.  Science must aim at an inclusive, modern society.  Science scholarship must be informed of social realities".

-Dr. Singh also observed, "Science can no longer take a "lonely approach".  "That is a sub-optimal approach. It is time for coordinated research between public and private laboratories to ensure faster growth."