The Minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that India has the potential to lead the world in Science & Technology. He was addressing a two day Director’s Conference of CSIR being held at CSIR-IIP, Dehradun. He said that 21st century belongs to India at the global stage, under dynamic leadership of Shri Narendra Modi. Science & Technology should work to take care of challenges of developing suitable technologies for bringing improvements in living conditions of common man. He stressed the need to align world-class infrastructure & excellent brain power of scientific community under CSIR to contribute to Swach Bharat and other schemes launched by the Government for welfare of the poor.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan while extending the wishes of the Prime Minister who is the President of the CSIR Society, said Shri Narendra Modi wants to take the country ahead in a fast manner and scientists should come forward now to successfully resolve various challenges being faced by the country. The minister also urged scientists to conduct in regular brainstorming sessions for identifying projects for welfare of poor and be proactive in their approach. He said they should actively engage their energy for the bright future of India as envisaged by the Prime Minister.
The Director General CSIR Shri M.O. Garg welcomed the participants and made a presentation on the working of CSIR. Directors from CSIR Institutes made presentations and discussed about upcoming projects.
Dr Girish Sahani, Director, Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh a participant at the Director’s Conference said that Dr Harsh Vardhan’s address has enthused him to work relentlessly for an India whom the world looks forward to lead in S&T in the near future. He also said that PM’s vision of India to be the front runner of 21st century is the ideal which scientific community has been passionate to convert into reality.
Dr. (Mrs) Madhu Dikshit, Director Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow said that the conference has been an opportunity to look into the future and make commitments to deliver to the high expectations of the end users.