Science Congress discusses Government’s perspective on Science & Technology

NetIndian News Network

Mysuru, January 5, 2016

An overview of the Government's scientific perspective, future challenges and opportunities was presented at a special session today on “Government’s Perspectives on Science & Technology” at the ongoing 103rd Indian Science Congress being held at the University of Mysore.
Chairing the session, Member (Science & Technology) of NITI Aayog V.K. Saraswat said, “We need to focus on certain cutting edge technologies in the coming years, not only to become a leader in these sectors but also to deploy them for the benefit of our country.”
Secretaries or the representatives of seven Departments of the Union Government also made their presentations in the session. The Department of Bio Technology made a presentation on the National Biotechnology Development Strategy (2015-2020) and discussions were held on the topic.
The session was aimed at deliberating on how science and technology could benefit the nation by finding solutions to very complex problems being faced by society. The efforts being made by different Ministries and Departments of the Government to align their activities to achieve success in the ongoing National Missions – like Swacch Bharat, Swasth Bharat, Make in India and Digital India were also highlighted.
Deliberations also centred on the application of modern tools and technology in the areas of food security, rural health and health for all, energy and water security, urbanisation and several issues of national importance. The session flagged some of the cutting edge S&T programmes to be pursued in the country to achieve global recognition and respect. The focus would be on pursuing ‘value added research’ in Indian institutions of higher learning to support accelerated development of the country, an official press release added.