Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh lamented the declining position of India’s scientific achievements in the past few decades. Opening the 99th annual session of the Indian Science Congress in the eastern city of Bhubaneswar on Tuesday (January 03), Dr. Singh said, countries like China have overtaken India in the field of science and technology. He figured the reason for India’s relatively declining position to lack of interest in pure sciences amongst the best students.
Prime Minister Singh said, his government is committed to boost science and technology growth in the country. He said, governmental efforts have started to produce results with the number of scientific publications by Indian scientists going up by 12 per cent against a global average of 4 per cent. Dr. Manmohan Singh also announced a slew of plans to make science and technology inclusive to benefit a vast majority of poor and under-privileged in the country.
“….science is often pre-occupied with problems of the rich, ignoring the enormous and in many ways more challenging problems of the poor and the under-privileged,” bewailed the Indian premier.
Dr. Manmohan Singh coaxed domestic industry to spend a higher share for research and development. “It is in some ways ironic that General Electric and Motorola have created world-class technology hubs in India, while our own industry has not done so, except perhaps in the pharmaceutical sector,” said Dr. Singh.
Dr. Singh called for reviving traditional knowledge system of India’s ethnic communities and integrating it with modern science and technology.
Over 15,000 scientists, including some Nobel laureates, industry leaders from across the world are participating in the annual meet.