PM Modi says Atma Nirbhar Bharat includes a vision of global welfare; Seeks support of researchers and academicians for self-reliant India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited researchers and academicians and sought their support to realise the dream of Atma Nirbhar Bharat, which includes a vision of global welfare. In his address after inaugurating the Vaishvik Bhartiya Vaigyanik, (VAIBHAV)  Summit last evening through video conference, the Prime Minister said, just recently, India introduced pioneering space reforms which provide opportunities for both industry and academia. He said, there is a need to amplify the rich history of Indian science.

The Prime Minister also called for inculcating interest among youngsters for studying science. He said, the summit should look forward to realising the dream of building a secure and prosperous future for the coming generations. Calling VAIBHAV as a confluence of great minds, Mr Modi said that these efforts will help create an ideal research ecosystem, merging tradition with modernity to create prosperity.

The Prime Minister said the government wants top class scientific research to help the farmers. He said, the agricultural research scientists have worked very hard to increase the production of pulses. India imports only a very small fraction of the pulses today and the country’s food-grain production has hit record highs.

Mr Modi said, the Government has taken numerous measures to boost science, research and innovation. He said, science is at the core of its efforts towards socio-economic transformations.

In 2014, four new vaccines were introduced into the country’s immunisation programme which included an indigenously developed Rotavirus vaccine. The Prime Minister said the government has  encouraged indigenous vaccine production. Mr Modi said, the government has recently given market authorization for an indigenously developed pneumococcal vaccine. These vaccination programmes and POSHAN mission take the health and nutrition of our children to the level of importance it deserves. He said, the government has launched an ambitious mission to eradicate TB in India by 2025, which is five years before the global target.

The Prime Minister also referred to India’s major missions on supercomputing and cyber physical systems. Talking about fundamental research and applications in areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors, and big data analysis, Mr Modi said, this will boost the startup sectors and manufacturing in India. He said, this summit will lead to useful collaborations in teaching and research. The efforts of the Indian diaspora will help create an ideal research ecosystem.

AIR correspondent reports that over three thousand overseas Indian origin academicians and scientists from 55 countries and more than 10 thousand resident academicians and scientists are taking part in the global virtual summit. The summit will conclude on the 31st of this month.

The aim of the summit is to bring Indian origin luminaries in academic institutes and Research and Development organizations across the world and resident counterparts on a single platform to debate upon collaboration mechanisms to strengthen academic and Science and Technology base in India for global development.



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