Pune, May 12: Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Friday inaugurated the 5th Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan & Expo, in the presence of Maharashtra Minister of Higher & Technical Education Vinod Tawde, along with National President of Vijnana Bharati (ViBha), Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, and National Organizing Secretary, Jayant Sahasrabuddhe.
Speaking after the inauguration ceremony Rathore praised the motive of the Sammelan & invoked his childhood days, stating that, “not far away from here, in the National Defence Academy I realized the importance of science as an indivisible part of life, even in the army.”
Applauding the efforts of Vijnana Bharati in organizing “this massive event” that brought together eminent scientists, experts, under one roof, Rathore said, “the solution to the ever-increasing problems our society faces can be found in the wisdom, knowledge, and science developed in our country. Foreign solutions to local problems cannot resolve the issue, but only those solutions born in the land dealing with those problems can tackle them.”
Vinod Tawde said that the holding such an eminent and erudite conference in Maharashtra is a matter of pride for the government. He commented on the fact that “Indian-ness of Science” is being left behind as a result of colonial and western influence. “People have a mind-set that if there is any kind of research or invention to be made it will be made by the scientists in West. However, due to such conferences and programs, people will now start looking towards East for a science that existed on this earth since ages.”
“This confluence of traditional and modern sciences that is going on in our country and through the Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan will not only help eradicate social problems and contribute to the development of the country, but will also help in the ‘Looking towards East’ phenomenon,” Tawde said.
Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan (BVS) is a flagship program of Vijnana Bharati (ViBha), which is a congregation of scientists, artisans, technocrats, traditional innovators, students and people interested in popularization of science. BVS 2017 is happening at the Fergusson College, Pune from 11-14 May, featuring various cutting-edge army weapons, and various lectures and sessions of stalwarts of Bharatiya Vigyan.