True test of scientific research lies in its ability to bridge social sector gaps: President

The President of India, Mr Ram Nath Kovind has lauded the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for its scientific achievements but emphasized on the need to do more

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The President, Ram Nath Kovind addressing at the Foundation Day of CSIR and Celebration of conclusion of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Year, in New Delhi on September 26, 2017.

New Delhi: The President of India, Mr Ram Nath Kovind, attended the concluding ceremony of the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in New Delhi on September 26, 2017.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that it is very credible that the staff of CSIR constitutes only about three to four percent of India’s scientific manpower – but contributes nearly 10 percent of India’s scientific output. This emphasizes how important CSIR is to the nation-building process. When a scientist works hard in the lab, with integrity and sincerity and with the larger dream of helping society, he or she is playing the role of nation builder.

“I have just visited an exhibition of significant achievements of CSIR researchers and technologists. It was extremely impressive. CSIR has been instrumental in bringing about sustainable improvements in the quality of life of our fellow citizens, as well as in helping business and industry with specific applications of science and technology. In the areas of food and agriculture, generic drugs, leather, chemicals and petrochemicals, and biopharmaceuticals, among others, several technologies developed by you have been embraced by the market,” remarked the President Kovind.

In his speech, the President mentioned that the ambitious national programmes such as Start-up India, Make in India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat, Namami Gange and the Smart Cities Mission cannot be successful without scientists and technology incubators, particularly CSIR, contributing. The true test of scientific research lies in its ability to help our society leap frog social sector gaps, whether in health and hygiene, sanitation, education or agriculture, and make us a middle-income country in one human lifetime.

The President said that from the earliest days of our Independence, our country has been clear about the use and deployment of science and technology to achieve the goals of social development. This has meant both exploiting India’s rich wealth of traditional knowledge and intellectual property – of which CSIR is the custodian – as well as being open to the latest in science and technology, not being afraid of cutting-edge research and its discoveries, and where possible using these to help our common citizens. This aspiration remains important as ever as we strive to achieve a New India by 2022, when we complete 75 years as a free country.

The President, Ram Nath Kovind presented an award at the Foundation Day of CSIR and Celebration of conclusion of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Year, in New Delhi on September 26, 2017. The Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, YS Chowdary and the DG, CSIR, Dr Girish Sahni are also seen.
The President, Ram Nath Kovind presented an award at the Foundation Day of CSIR and Celebration of the conclusion of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Year, in New Delhi on September 26, 2017. The Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, YS Chowdary and the DG, CSIR, Dr Girish Sahni are also seen.

The President also pointed out that none of the developmental goals have any meaning without gender parity. The participation of women in science in the country is distressingly small. Less than two of every 10 scientific researchers in India are women. Of those who join the Indian Institutes of Technology each year, just about 10 percent are women. These numbers are simply not acceptable. We have to take accelerated steps to promote the participation of girl students and of women in science and technology, he said.