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India has a rich legacy in science, tech, innovation, says PM

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that his government is taking steps to make India the most trustworthy centre for scientific learning. Speaking at the inauguration of the India International Science Festival (IISF), he further said that India wants its scientific community to share and grow with the best of global talent.

“India has a rich legacy in science, technology and innovation. Our scientists have done path-breaking research. Our tech industry is at the forefront of solving global problems but India wants to do more,” said PM Modi. He also pointed out that the Indian government was ready to address any challenge and improve the research environment.

The Prime Minister said that India needs to achieve success in the area of deep sea in the same way it has achieved success in space sector. “In this direction, India is running the Deep Ocean Mission,” he added.

Launched in 2015, the IISF works towards promoting science and technology. It aims at engaging the public with science, celebrating the joy of science and further showing how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can provide solutions to improve lives, according to the narendramodi.in website. The festival also aims to help the youth develop 21st-century skills, with a focus on scientific knowledge, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork.

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan had said on Monday that the festival will start on Tuesday and go on till Friday, adding that this year’s theme is ‘Science for Self Reliant India and Global Welfare’.

“India International Science Festival-2020 will start December 22 on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Ramanujan and will culminate on December 25, on the occasion of birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” he said.

 

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