Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the new year had brought a “big achievement” with the development of not one but “two made-in-India” Covid vaccines. Speaking at the 75th jubilee of the National Physical Laboratory under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Prime Minister said that every Indian was indebted to India’s “scientists and technicians”.
“The new year has brought with it another big achievement. India’s scientists have successfully developed not just one, but two made-in-India Covid vaccines. In India, the world’s largest Covid vaccine programme is also about to begin. For this, the country is very proud of the contributions of its scientists. Every countryperson is indebted to all our scientists and technicians,” Modi said.
The PM said that because of the “sacrifice” of scientists, the country had a new respect for scientific institutions. “Today is the day to remember that time when our scientific organisations put night and day together for the fight against corona, to develop the vaccine. Along with CSIR, other organisations came together and faced all challenges together, and found solutions to new circumstances. Because of your sacrifice, the country a new feeling of awareness and respect for science institutions has been born,” he said.
Modi said that in the past, India has been dependent on foreign standards for quality and measurement, but the country’s standards will decide the strength of the country, its products and its global standing. “In this decade, India will have to give new heights to its standards. In this decade, India’s pace, India’s progress, India’s growth, India’s image, India’s influence, our capacity building will be set by our standards. In our country, there should be quality in our services, whether it is the government sector or the private sector. Let there be quality in products, whether the government makes them, or the private sector. Our quality standards will decide how much the strength of India, and its products, increase in the world,” he said.
Addressing the CSIR NPL, at the National Metrology Conference, the PM said that the “the more trustworthy the methodology of the country, the higher its trustworthiness in the world”. “In common language, metrology is the science of measurement and standards. For any scientific achievement, this works as a pillar. No research can move ahead without ‘maap’ and ‘naap’. To the point, that even our own achievements, have to be measured against some standard. For this reason, metrology is the standard for modernity. The better your methodology, the better your metrology. And the more trustworthy the metrology of a country, that country’s trustworthiness will be higher in the world,” he said.
Modi said that the goal wasn’t to simply fill the world market with Indian products but to win the “heart of every customer who buys an Indian product”.
“Today when the country is moving ahead with the conviction of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, then we have to remember that its goal is quantity, but along with that quality is equally important. Meaning that scale should grow, and standards should as well. We don’t have to just fill the market with Indian products. We have to win the heart of every customer who buys an Indian product. We have to win hearts in every corner of the world. There should not only be a global demand for Make In India, but there should also be global acceptance. This we have to decide. We have to make brand India more secure on the pillars of quality and credibility,” he said.
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