PM Modi meets top scientific officials; says apply science to solve nation’s problems
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 20-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with top scientific officials of the government. The officials included NITI Ayog member Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Principal Scientific Advisor of the Government, Dr. R. Chidambaram and Secretaries related to scientific departments in the Government.

In the meeting held yesterday, they briefed the Prime Minister on progress in various areas of scientific research. An official release said the Prime Minister asserted that science, technology and innovation are the keys to progress and prosperity of the country. He said that the government’s priority in the science and technology sector is to apply science to solve country's problems.

Giving the example of talent spotting in sports, PM Modi said that mechanisms should be made to identify the brightest and best science talent among school students.

He said that a lot of innovation is happening at the grassroots level. Urging officials to break silos, the Prime Minister strongly emphasized that a mechanism should be formed to document and replicate successful innovations at the grassroots level. In this context, he also mentioned innovations being done by defence personnel.

In the agriculture sector, the Prime Minister identified high-protein pulses, fortified foods, and value addition in castor, as priority areas which needed to be speeded up.

In the energy sector, the he said that the possibilities of solar energy should be pursued to the maximum, to reduce dependence on energy imports.

Expressing confidence in the abilities of Indian scientists to rise up to the challenges, and provide solutions to improve the lives of the common man in India, the Prime Minister asked the officials to draw up clear targets to be achieved by 2022, the 75th year of independence.