Focus on Five Es, PM tells scientists at Indian Science Congress

Addressing the 103rd Indian Science Congress in Mysuru, he also said he was encouraging greater scientific collaboration between central and state institutions and agencies as part of cooperative federalism.

Written by Johnson T A | Mysuru | Updated: January 4, 2016 1:30 am
modi-science-congress759 Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of 103rd Indian Science Congress programme at University of Mysore in Mysore, Karnataka on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

The  103rd edition of the Indian Science Congress got underway in Mysuru on Sunday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling on Indian scientists to keep the economy, environment, energy, empathy and equity at the heart of their endeavors in the interest of impactful science.

“The impact of science will be the most when scientists and technologists keep the principles of what I call Five Es at the centre of their enquiry and engineering,’’ the PM told the delegates drawn from universities spread across the country apart from a handful of eminent world scientists at the Mysore University.

Scientists need to find cost effective and efficient solutions, “ensure our carbon footprint is the lightest”, focus on energy since prosperity depends on green energy, display empathy by ensuring “efforts are in tune with our culture, circumstances and social challenges” and create equity where “science advances inclusive development and improves the welfare of the weakest”, the Prime Minister said.

Keeping away from the controversies generated at the 102nd Science Congress due to references to purported ancient Indian scientific knowledge, he dwelled extensively on the use of science for mitigating climate change issue as well as the global understanding for co-operation on climate change arrived at Paris.

He, however, emphasised that the traditional should not be shunned in the pursuit of new knowledge. “If we wish to restore the harmony between human and nature we must also harness the full potential of traditional knowledge. Societies across the world have developed this enormous wealth through wisdom gathered over the ages. They hold the secrets to economic, efficient, and, environment friendly solutions to many of our problems. But today they are at risk of extinction in our globalised world,” the Prime Minister said.

“In the area of health, modern medicines have transformed healthcare. But we must also use scientific techniques and methods to delve deeper into traditional medicines and practices like yoga for more holistic lifestyle and change our paradigm from treatment to wellness,” he stressed.

He alluded to the completion of 100 years since Albert Einstein propounded the general theory of relativity and quoted Einstein’s call for humanism to be the heart of science. “This year we mark a hundred years of a significant moment in the history of science, when Albert Einstein published in 1916 ‘The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity’. Today, we must recall the humanism that defined his thought: Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours,” he said.

“For me, good governance is not just about policy and decision making, transparency and accountability. It is also about integrating science and technology into the choices we make and the strategies we pursue. We will try to increase the level of resources for science, and deploy them in accordance with our strategic priorities. We will make it easier to do science and research in India, improve science administration, and expand the supply and improve the quality of science education and research in India,” he said.

The PM outlined rapid urbanization as one of the key challenges alongside climate change.

Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan in his speech said he would desist from talking about the past glories of Indian science like he did at the 2015 conference since his statements on the antiquity of the Pythagoras theorem last year drew more attention than the conference.

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First Published on: January 4, 2016 12:11 am
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    indian
    Jan 3, 2016 at 2:13 pm
    Good initiative
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      Fekendra
      Jan 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm
      Haha. Ek saal me aukkat me aa gya feku
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        Fekendra
        Jan 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm
        Most bjp supporters have their heads inside modi's rearside
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        1. मनीष
          Jan 4, 2016 at 12:11 am
          Every time when India is terrorized by stanis, Indian Muslims have provided support to those stani terrorists. Enough is enough. Excluding the SICKulars, any Indian who wants to contribute to the war against terrorism in India, should stop buying things made in an Islamic country and stop doing business with a Muzzie owned store/business. You have to act and do your duty as well!
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            Rattihallirao
            Jan 3, 2016 at 11:49 am
            It is pity that when our own Air Base is under attack, PM is busy in giving lectures in a science jamboree, he should hv cut short his visit and returned to Delhi, may be he thought MP and other cabinet ministers are capable of handling the situation, no need for the head of state to intervene except some excerts/condolances.
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              Bijan Mohanty
              Jan 4, 2016 at 6:07 am
              I think you and your father are doing the job. When you even do not know how to conduct yourself in social media, who bothers for your nonsense remark.
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                Bijan Mohanty
                Jan 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm
                Another Bakwaaz by Modiji.
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                  Karunakaran
                  Jan 3, 2016 at 9:40 am
                  Why is the crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, photoshopped to pink colour? Is he ashamed of his black colour? The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is not educated. All he is qualified for is to sell chai and dokhla at the railway stations. Unfortunately 31% of Indians have elected the uneducated dokhla-eating Gujjubhai to a major role that he is not competent to have. As everyone knows, to hide his lack of education, he has appointed equally uneducated people to the cabinet positions. Now all that the crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, wants is to take selfies with the goras. He runs after the goras for selfies. None of the prime ministers in our neighbourhood will run shamelessly after the goras for the selfies, since they are educated. Can it get any more disgusting?
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                    Vijay
                    Jan 4, 2016 at 5:06 am
                    Yea you are right! You and your father are handling rest of the governance! Nonsense like you can never differentiate between good and bad. They know know one thing ➡criticize everyone.
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                      ASHOK KUMAR
                      Jan 3, 2016 at 11:30 am
                      Modi will also bring back Newton along with black money and Lalit Modi. De jhumley pe jhumla. He is simply ping time without wife left at the mercy of God.
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                        Dipak
                        Jan 3, 2016 at 10:37 am
                        Modi is the best prime minister India ever had. One should do a bit of research to find out his activities compared with the Nehru-hi family. Unlike Congress suporte,rs most BJP suporters are not fools.
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                          Guest4321
                          Jan 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm
                          PM Modi has taken the correct stand at the science congress.
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                            abc def
                            Jan 3, 2016 at 2:44 pm
                            Our PM understand the role of science and technology in the development of the nation .The road to progress involves innovation in the scientific field while retaining our rich cultural heritage .
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                              madan gupta
                              Jan 4, 2016 at 12:20 am
                              हर रोज़ एक नया फार्मूला छेड़ देता है. अभी तक इस का एक भी फ़ॉर्मूला कामयाब नहीं हुआ.
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                                mumbikar
                                Jan 3, 2016 at 11:15 am
                                another empty statement !!!!!! half the time he does'nt know what he is saying !!! first make our lives, esp the dalits, backward cl, minorities and other backward cls lives easier please, we are tired of your fake speeches and promises. give us our freedom back.
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                                  M.a. Padmanabha Rao
                                  Jan 4, 2016 at 1:06 pm
                                  UNHEALTHY TRENDS OF SCIENCE IN INDIA India has many noteworthy insutions like TIFR, IISc, AIIMS etc. A few thousands of research papers are being published annually from India. Some of the papers have high citations. Mostly, the top positions are occupied by well-trained foreign returned scientists. The reasons are many why no native scientist could get a Nobel Prize after Sir C.V. Raman? 1. No Government agency such as DST, scientific ociation or Academy monitors whether any scientist has done a breakthrough research in any field of science? 2. Even if they know some breakthroughs were done, fellow scientists and top officials just ignore as if they have no knowledge. Those scientists are totally neglected, and their years of research goes into oblivion, instead of offering necessary support and recognition. 3. At the same time, we hear top officials issue false statements to press, hiding India’s spectacular accomplishments. One such claim is that China has published more number of research papers than India. They ignore the fact that scientific breakthrough or a discovery brings credit to the country and not simply number of papers and citations. 4. Truly speaking, India has reported discoveries in physics in 2010, 2013 and 2015 in five subjects of physics: nuclear physics, X-ray physics, atomic spectroscopy, solar physics, Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity, atmospheric physics and planetary temperatures. But, no top physicist or Government official shows any interest to know what India’s noteworthy accomplishments. This is most unhealthy or dangerous trend currently seen in India. 5. Our top research insutions are rated low internationally. Since India does not care to declare what it has achieved in the recent past, others have a chance to show India as a poor performer. The truth is when no top Insution in the world could do six discoveries in India in the last 100 years, a small Defence Laboratory under DRDO at Jodhpur claimed to have done fundamental physics discoveries, including a new atomic phenomenon in its technical Report in 1997. The PTI news appeared in Indian Dailies in April 1997. Then the question arises, what happened to that research? None is interested to know from India. This is the sad story of science in India.
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                                    Ryaz
                                    Jan 3, 2016 at 12:53 pm
                                    To almost everyone who have posted here insofar, PLEASE MIND YOUR LANGUAGE. You headless Jihad children, coward and afraid of the Hindu Nationalist, you show what you are by your conduct and language. You would all be thrown in the dustbin of history, and our tricolor and bhagwa dhwaj will stand supreme.
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                                      sunil
                                      Jan 3, 2016 at 2:19 pm
                                      So now on Indian research will be guided by a criminal,hijda,chaiwala
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                                        V.V.Chandrasekaran
                                        Jan 3, 2016 at 2:47 pm
                                        Modi has spoken about tradition and culture once again in the Science Congress. The text does not indicate what is the culture that is to be harmonised with science. His only example is Yoga which exposes his idea about science is very poor. Traditional knowledge is very useful in agriculture, architecture, horticulture and the like sectors which were and are neglected by the governments since 1991.So also in environmental matters tradition and culture are really useful.But the government gives in to the pressures of western countries for FDI. The P.M.must make a proper study before addressing such important gatherings.Vellore. Venkatesan. Chandrasekaran
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