Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, emphasised the Center’s science and technology-based development strategy, claiming that it was thanks to these efforts that India’s Global Innovation Index rating rose from 81 in 2015 to 46 at the moment.
The Centre-State Science Conclave was opened by the prime minister on Saturday via video conference.
“We have to make India a global centre of research and innovation in this Amrit Kaal,” Prime Minister Modi said in his remarks at the event. “States should adopt best practises from other states. This will be a step towards ensuring timely and effective implementation of science-led development programmes in the country.”
According to him, science will be crucial in speeding the growth of all regions and sectors for the development of the New India of the twenty-first century.
He added that the central government is pursuing the goal of development based on science. According to PM Modi, investments in research and technology have significantly increased since 2014.
“Today, when India is moving toward leading the fourth industrial revolution, the role of India’s science and people associated with this field is very important,” the statement continued, “because of the government’s efforts, India is ranked 46th in the Global Innovation Index, whereas India was at number 81 in 2015.”
Prime Minister said New India is forging forward with the motto of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan,” citing science as the foundation for answers, evolution, and creativity.
The PM claimed that Western scientists like Einstein, Fermi, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, and Tesla shocked the globe with their discoveries. Many scientists were simultaneously making their latest discoveries known, including CV Raman, Jagdish Chandra Bose, Satyendranath Bose, Meghnad Saha, and S Chandrashekhar.
He said, “Even in that era, whether it was East or West, scientists everywhere were engaged in their big discovery. If we remember the early decades of the last century, we see that the world was going through a period of devastation and misery.
The nation’s scientists have achieved amazing things, and the prime minister asked everyone to enthusiastically celebrate this.
To make India a worldwide hub for research and innovation, PM Modi said, “We have to work on several fronts at once. We have to carry our research linked to science and technology to the local level.”
The PM suggested that in order to promote innovation, state governments should place a strong emphasis on expanding the number of scientific institutes and streamlining procedures.
The prime minister remarked, “We also have to pull our science-related institutions out of the state of silos. There are numerous national-level scientific institutes and national laboratories in the states. The states should take full benefit of their potential and knowledge.
He suggested that American higher education institutions should build more innovation laboratories.
The first of its kind Conclave, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), would enhance Centre-State coordination and collaboration mechanisms in the spirit of cooperative federalism to create a strong science, technology, and innovation (STI) ecosystem throughout the nation.
The two-day Conclave will be held at Science City in Ahmedabad on September 10 and 11. Sessions on a range of topics will be covered, such as STI Vision 2047, Future Growth Pathways and Vision for STI in States, Digital Health Care for All, Doubling Private Sector Investment in R&D by 2030, Agriculture – Technological Interventions for Improving Farmers’ Income, Water – Innovation for Producing Potable Drinking Water, Energy – Clean Energy for All including S&T Role in Hydrogen Mission, Deep Ocean Mission and its Relevance for Coastal State, and Health – Digital Health Care.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh both attended the conclave’s opening.
According to the PMO, industry executives, entrepreneurs, NGOs, young scientists, and students will attend the groundbreaking Conclave as well as state and union territory ministers and secretaries of science and technology.