Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dubbed the northeast the new engine for India's development and said the country's growth story will remain incomplete till the east comes at par with the west.
Modi said that it was important that scientific discoveries and breakthrough should be made known to the youth of the nation, so there's a lot of excitement in them to join the field of sciences.
# 10:54 AM: Our scientific achievements need to be communicated to society.
"We have to throw open our institutions and laboratories to our children".
"I appeal to the scientists to spend at least 100 hours a year with 100 school students of Classes 9 to 11 to teach them the aspects of science".
"The time is ripe to redefine R&D as Research for the Development of the nation".
"Science is after all, but a means to a far greater end; of making a difference in the lives of others, of furthering human progress and welfare", he said.
Modi said the country has to be "future-ready" in implementing technology vital for the growth and prosperity of the nation. Science and technology have taken the dominant position in sectors such as education, healthcare and banking.
Organised by the Manipur University, 5,000 delegates from all over the country and 2,000 scientists along with four Nobel Laureates will grace the event.Modi urged people to encourage scientific temper in the youth where every scientist must dedicate "100 hours every year with 100 students". He said that today Manipur has chose to play an important role in the rise of a New India. He said, the results are already there for everybody to see, although the new government in the State, still has three more months to go before it completes 15 months in office. The theme of this year's Science Congress is reaching the unreached.
Listing new programmes in the Northeast, he said agro-meteorological services under Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa have benefited five lakh farmers in the region, state climate change centres have been set up in seven Northeast states and an ethno-medicinal research centre has been set up in Manipur for research on local wild herbs. Efficiency of solar modules now available in the market is around 17%-18%.
Women's Science Congress -2018 will be held on March 18, at Centenary Hall of Manipur University which will be inaugurated by Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal.