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January 3, 2019

Prime Minister Modi delivers inaugural address at 106th session of Indian Science Congress

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Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, delivering the inaugural address at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab, on January 03, 2019.

Modi, Indian Science Congress

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Photo: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in a group photograph at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab, on January 03, 2019. The Governor of Punjab & the Administrator of Chandigarh, V.P. Singh Badnore, the Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, and the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Vijay Sampla, are also seen.

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Photo (Update): The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, addresses the valedictory session of Children Science Congress, during the 106th Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab on January 06, 2019.

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Photo (Update): The Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, delivering the keynote lecture at the inauguration of Science Communicators Meets, during the 106th Indian science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab on January 05, 2019.

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Photo (Update): The Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani, addresses the gathering at the inauguration of the Women science Congress, during the 106th Indian science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab on January 05, 2019.

Jalandhar, Punjab, January 03, 2019 — The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today delivered the inaugural address at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress, at Lovely Professional University, in Jalandhar, Punjab.

Reflecting on the theme of the event this year - ‘Future India: Science and Technology’ - the Prime Minister said that India’s real strength would be in connecting its science, technology, and innovation, with its people.

He recalled the great Indian scientists of the past, including J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, Meghnad Saha, and S.N. Bose, and said that they served the people through “minimum resources” and “maximum struggle.”

“The life and works of hundreds of Indian Scientists are a compelling testament of integration of deep fundamental insights with technology development and nation-building. It is through our modern temples of science that India is transforming its present and working to secure its future,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister recalled former Prime Ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He said that Shastri Ji gave us the slogan: “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” while Atal Ji added “Jai Vigyan” to it. He said that now the time has come to take a step further, by adding “Jai Anusandhan.”

The Prime Minister emphasized that the pursuit of science achieves two objectives: generation of profound knowledge; and use of that knowledge for socio-economic good.

“Our Scientists must commit themselves to address 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.

Noting that our national laboratories, central universities, IITs, IISC, TIFR, and IISERs are our strength in research and development, the Prime Minister said that the State Universities and Colleges, too, must develop a robust research ecosystem.

Speaking on achievements in the space sector, the Prime Minister mentioned the success of Cartosat 2 and other satellites. He said preparations are underway for sending three Indians into space, through the Gaganyaan in 2022.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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