President of India inaugurates Bose institute’s unified campus at Kolkata

The premier institute named on one of the renowned scientists, Dr J C Bose, focuses on research activities on various subjects including that of bioscience

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The President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the National Celebration of 125th Birth Anniversary Year of Prof Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, at Kolkata, in West Bengal on June 29, 2017.

New Delhi: The President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Bose Institute’s Unified Campus at Salt Lake, Kolkata recently. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that it was indeed a privilege for him to be present on the occasion of inauguration of the unified campus of the prestigious Bose Institute. He stated that almost a century ago, J.C. Bose, dedicated this Institute, the first of its kind in the country fully devoted towards scientific research, to the service of the nation. With the inauguration of this new campus, Bose Institute is embarking upon a fresh phase in its journey, more so befitting as the Institute celebrates its Centenary this year.

Bose Institute is one of India’s oldest and premier research institutes. Current concentration of research at the Institute is in the fields of Plant Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioinformatics and Environmental Science.

The President said he was informed that a series of international conferences, visits and lectures by eminent scientists including Nobel laureates are planned to celebrate this milestone. At the same time, the institute also seeks to chart a new course with the launching of a number of new research and social outreach programmes. Taking into account the projected expansion of the Institute, this campus is expected to serve its needs for many more years.

Later the President also attended the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Professor P.C. Mahalanobis in Kolkata.

Speaking on the occasion, the President paid his respectful homage to Prof Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis and said that we should adopt his thoughts and ideas.  He emphasized that we should keep our minds free from dogmatism and rigidity.  He also referred to flexibility adopted in economic policies in India keeping in view the situation. Besides, he stated that when many elderly members of the Sadharan Brahmo Samaj were reluctant to admit Rabindranath Tagore as a member of the Samaj, Prasanta Chandra waged a logical war to support Rabindranath’s membership.  He wrote a compelling set of arguments that culminated in the printing of a booklet and distributed it among members of the Samaj. Soon thereafter, Rabindranath was admitted as a member of the Sadharan Brahmo Samaj.

The President said that the Indian Statistical Institute started by Prof. Mahalanobis imparts high quality education.  He expressed happiness on being present at the ISI and having an opportunity to address mighty minds in the form of teachers, researchers and students.