New Delhi: For the first time in India, a series of events are being lined up at various places across country to host the Nobel Prize laureates. The Nobel Prize Series is envisaged as a unique programme combining a conference, lectures, round tables, an exhibition and other meeting spaces. By bringing together Nobel Laureates, other experts and lifelong learners the programme aims to stimulate innovation and creative thinking.
In this regard, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed on September 1, 2016 by the Government of India (GOI), represented by Dr Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Nobel Media for jointly organizing Nobel Prize Series (NPS) in India for five years.
Another the trilateral Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Department of Biotechnology, Nobel Media AB and the Government of Gujarat represented by Additional Chief Secretary Mr P K Taneja as the first Nobel Prize Series in India will be held in January 2017 in connection with the biennial summit “Vibrant Gujarat” held by the government of Gujarat
Beside the conference and meeting events, such as lectures, round tables and other activities in Gandhinagar, Delhi and Bangalore, NPS will feature a 5-week long exhibition on how the science underlying the Nobel Prize have impacted the human lives.
Secretary, DBT, Dr K Vijayraghavan said, “The three parties share a common wish to stimulate engagement in science – scientific discoveries have great impact on society and broaden our understanding of the universe. Nobel Laureates and their achievements are an endless source of inspiration and will be invited for discussions on the theme of Vibrant Gujarat “Science for Humankind” and “Science as the Engine for Economic Growth”.
After the signing ceremony, Mr Mattias Fyrenius, CEO Nobel Media said, “We are thrilled to bring Nobel Prize Series to India as a part of our global outreach with the ambition of raising engagement in science, literature and peace in line with Alfred Nobel’s vision. This long term commitment enables us to create great content and inspire people not only in India, but around the world through our digital channels.”
Welcoming the signing of these MoUs, Swedish Ambassador, Mr Banashri Bose Harrison said, “ I am confident that NPS will inspire and prepare young minds in India towards innovation, which has been jointly identified by the Governments of India and Sweden as one of the principal focus areas of bilateral cooperation