“Communication today is almost instantaneous, and this is the contribution of Science and Technology to the world” said Noble Laureate, Prof John. B. Gurdon during the inauguration of 23rd Rashtriya Kishore Vigyanaik Sammelan (Children Science Congress) at the Indian Science Congress being held at University of Mysore in Mysuru. Explaining various developments resultant of Science, he said that there was a time when we used to communicate through post, but today communication has become spontaneous and almost instantaneous. Right from Television to genetically modified crops one can see enormous development in the field of Science. Science and Technology has completely changed the lives of people and these innovations are the best example, he opined.
He also said that during First World War, people died due to flu and discovery of antibodies to fight this is the greatest contribution of Science and Technology. Cars today can be driven without drivers, and small piece of skin can be cultured to become different parts of the body, So much has happened in past 50 years that one can even enjoy thinking about the innovations that can happen in next 50 years. Philanthropy should also be the concern, as different universities can provide education to the young and needy he concluded.
In his key note address, Vice Chancellor of Mysore University K S Rangappa said that young scientist are cutting all barriers like caste creed and color and are coming up with innovations. In the memory of late Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, monthly newsletter Billion Beats was released by the dignitaries which carried articles written by children across the country.
Infosys ISCA Travel Awards were given to students who excelled in essay competition conducted by NCSTC, Jahawar Navodaya and NCERT. Five students from Karnataka and five students from other parts of the country got awards.