The 15th All India People's Science Congress being organized at Central College, Bengaluru by All India Peoples Science Network (AIPSN) was inaugurated the Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari on May 22. The Congress is held every two years for fur days to discuss various experiences of people in Science and Technology.
In his inaugural address, which has been released, Ansari said that the use of science and scientific method was essential for socio-economic development, through research in industry and agriculture, and a search for truth through experiment, scientific reasoning and scientific outlook were intrinsic to modernity in our times.
He added that we needed to combine both 'science and technology determinism' and 'social shaping' for affirmative action. He was of the view that the promotion and embedding of science and scientific temper in our citizenry was a constitutional duty apart from being a moral one for being a progressive nation.
"The use of science and scientific method is essential for socio-economic development, through research in industry and agriculture, and a search for truth through experiment. The dictum of a 20th century statesman sums it up: 'discover truth through practice, and through practice verify and develop truth'. Alongside, it is essential to wage a vigorous battle against all types of irrational beliefs and resultant bigotry," he stated.
According to Ansari, the development of scientific temper present in a nascent form in every child's propensity to touch, feel and explore, and humanism, would facilitate the discharge of constitutional obligation of promoting the fraternity of all citizens and rendering them justice, liberty and equality as enjoined in the Preamble of the Constitution.
He urged the delegates in spreading the scientific temper amongst our masses and promoting scientific efforts for inclusive, sustainable, socio-economic development of the country.