Speaking at the inauguration of the 104th Science Congress in Tirupati on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed gratitude to the scientists of the country, vowing to support different streams of scientific knowledge.
He said that the nation will always be grateful to scientists who have worked tirelessly to empower our society by their vision, labor, and leadership. Pitching for investments in infrastructure, he added, “Tomorrow’s experts will come from investments we make today in our people and infrastructure,” and called for keeping an eye on the rise of disruptive technologies to leverage them for growth.
The PM started as, “Government is committed to supporting different streams of scientific knowledge, from fundamental science to applied science with emphasis on innovations.”
He also called for creating an environment to share ideas so that “the brightest and best in every corner of India should have the opportunity to excel in science”. He said, “the role of science in planning, decision making and governance has never been more important.”
He said, “One important area that needs to be addressed is the rapid global rise of Cyber-Physical Systems. There is a need to develop and exploit these technologies in services and manufacturing sectors.”
The Science Congress was organized at Tarakarama Stadium in Sri Venkateswara University where the Prime Minister addressed the gathering of eminent scientists including Nobel laureates.
The 66-year-old PM called for the best science and technology institutions in the country to further strengthen their basic research in line with leading global standards.
The 104th Science Congress will witness Children Science Congress to be held from January 4 to 6 at Sri Padmavati Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam aimed at highlighting the need to create awareness about science among children and elders.
Six Nobel Prize winners from different countries, such as, the US, Japan, Israel, France and Bangladesh also took part in the event beside about 14,000 scientists and scholars from across the country, Professor D Narayana Rao, General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) said.
It is the second time that Tirupati hosted THE Science Congress, the first being in 1983 when the 70th ISC was held. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu accompanied PM Modi during his visit to Tirupati.