Prime Minister Modi calls for efforts to make India a global innovation hub
Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, called for concerted efforts to make India a global center for research and innovation, and urged state governments to come up with modern science and technology policies.
Modi lamented that, unlike Western countries, India has not sufficiently celebrated the work of its scientists, which has made much of society indifferent to science.
There is a need to celebrate the achievements of Indian scientists, he said.
Speaking via video link to the inaugural session of the Center-State Science Conclave held here, Modi said that since 2014, there has been a significant increase in investment in the fields of science and technology.
India is moving forward with the mantra of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan” (Hail soldiers, farmers, science and research), he said.
“We need to work together on several fronts to make India a global center for research and innovation in this ‘amrit kaal’. We need to bring our research in the fields of science and technology to the local level. It is the need of the hour for all states to focus on innovation to find local solutions to local problems,” he said.
Urging state governments to develop modern policies related to science, innovation and technology to find solutions to local problems, he stressed the need for increased cooperation and collaboration with scientists.
“In order to encourage innovation, state governments should focus on creating more and more scientific institutions and simplifying processes. The number of innovation labs should also be increased in state higher education institutions,” he said.
Modi said India’s Global Innovation Index ranking had dropped from 81 in 2015 to 46 thanks to the efforts of the central government.
There is a need to find localized solutions to issues such as affordable housing, climate-resilient crops and waste recycling, he said.
“It is important that to face all these challenges, each State develops and implements modern policies related to science, innovation and technology. As governments, we need to cooperate and collaborate more and more with our scientists. This will help create an environment of scientific modernity in the country,” he said.
He also called for “optimal use” of scientific institutions in states.
“There are many national-level scientific institutes and laboratories in the states. States should therefore make full use of their capacity and expertise. We also need to get our science-related institutions out of silos,” he said.
He pointed out how, unlike the West, India did not celebrate the work of our scientists in the first decades of the last century as much as was necessary, which led to the emergence of a sense of indifference towards science in much of our society.
“When we celebrate the achievements of our scientists, science becomes a natural part of our society, it becomes part of the culture. Therefore, today my first request is that we celebrate the achievements of scientists in our country with great enthusiasm,” he said.
“Today, in all fields, Indian scientists are doing wonders. The inclination towards science created by celebrating all the small and big achievements of Indian scientists will help us in our ‘amrit kaal’,” he added.
Modi said his government is moving forward with the idea of science-based development. Since 2014, there has been a significant increase in investment in science and technology, he said.
The record number of patents, innovations and the emergence of startups show how fast things were moving in the country, he said.
“There is a penchant for science, technology and innovation in the DNA of today’s generation. They adopt technology very quickly. We must support this young generation with all our might. In India, new sectors are being created, opening up to today’s young generation,” he said.
“Whether it’s a space mission, a deep sea mission, a national supercomputing mission, a semiconductor mission, a hydrogen mission, drone technology. .. work is progressing rapidly on many such missions,” he said.
Modi said the focus is on offering science and technology lessons in the student’s native language.
He also referred to “hyper-specialization”, and declared that the Center is ready to help States in the development of world-class specialized laboratories.
“You should also work for increased programs in your states which help bring science and technology to the local level,” he said, adding that states should encourage more schools to participate. to scientific festivals and to pay particular attention to the scientific program of other states.
“What is good in other states can be replicated in your state. The development of science and technology-related infrastructure in each state is equally important to encourage science in the country,” he said.
Modi said that as India moves towards the fourth industrial revolution, the role of science and people associated with this field is very important.
For the research and innovation ecosystem to become the best in the world, India will have to work with honesty in the “amrit kaal”, said the Prime Minister.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh were also present at the inaugural meeting. State and Union Territory Ministers and Secretaries of Science and Technology, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, NGOs, young scientists and students will attend the event.
The conclave includes sessions on different thematic areas like STI Vision 2047; Future growth paths and vision for STI in the States; Health – Digital healthcare for all; Double private sector investment in R&D by 2030; Agriculture – Technological interventions to improve farmers’ incomes, etc.
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