January 7, New Delhi: “The research work in various fields can pave way for innovations in the country”, said the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar in his valedictory speech at the 8th Women Science Congress going on during the 106th Indian Science Congress at the Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar.
Javadekar expressed that research and development are the most important prerequisites for the nation building and that research only helps countries to overcome problems of any type in any field and that is why the research work is being strengthened and given top priority by the union government.
He also appreciated the slogan of “Jai Anusandhan” given by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the inaugural session of the 106th Indian Science Congress. “This shows the commitment of the Centre towards the research and innovations. The NDA government had carved out a fund of Rs 200 Crore this year for the innovative solutions and 1000 colleges across the country are being equipped with innovation hubs”, said Javadekar.
The HRD Minister also mentioned the problems faced by the country and gave clarion call to the women to come forward and join science stream to resolve social and economic problems.
“This year ministry is spending nearly Rs 33,000 Crore for this purpose while to encourage social science research Rs 250 Crore has been earmarked”, he stated.
Javadekar also clarified that the major project of the government “SPARK” was launched to assist and encourage students to carry on their ambitious research projects within India instead of going abroad. In this regard the ministry has also planned to provide scholarship of Rs 1 Lakh per student per month for research and innovation work.
“The initiatives taken by the government had not only stopped brain drain but replaced it with brain gain. Inculcation of scientific temper of the mind to understand the things in proper perspective is essential”, he further added.