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Live: Modi inaugurates Indian Science Congress in Tirupati, says technology is key for growth

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Live: Modi inaugurates Indian Science Congress in Tirupati, says technology is key for growth
  • 12:30 (IST)

    Let science and technology become a strong tool of inclusive development: Modi

    "Our science teams have contributed strongly to the strategic vision of the nation. The Indian space programme has placed it in the top space-faring nations," said Modi.

    "We are also placing emphasis on the ties ith our neighbouring countries," he said. "I'm sure that our scientists will raise their efforts...Let science and technology become a strong tool of inclusive development," he said.

  • 12:26 (IST)

    We need to develop local solutions: Modi

    "We also need to develop local solutions and generate appropriate micro-industry products for local areas," Modi said.

    "This technology should aim to convert agri and biowaste to energy to provide electricity," Modi said. "The role of science in governance has never been more important," said the prime minister.

    "For sustainable development, we must focus on waste-to-wealth management," said the prime minister. "Our strong scientific community can address our unique challenges. Can we find farmer-centric solutions for the problem of crop burning?" he said.

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Modi talks about the importance of technology for children

    "Seeding the power of innovation in school children will secure the future of our nation. As a step in this direction, ministry of science and technology is initiating a programme for students of Classes 6 to 10," Modi said.

    "We must provide equal opportunities to the girl child," Modi added.

  • 12:21 (IST)

  • 12:21 (IST)

    "We must create an environment for sharing of idea and resources. The brightest and best in every corner of India should have the opportunity to excel in science," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

  • 12:19 (IST)

    By 2030, India will be among the top three countries in science and technology: Modi

    Modi said that basic research needs to improve to match up to global standards.

    "By 2030, India will be among the top three countries in science and technology. Science must meet the rising aspirations of the people," he said.

    "Our ministries, our scientists, our R&D institutions and IITs should work together seamlessly. Our infrastructure and socio-economic ministries must make appropriate use of technology," he said.

    "We should involve foreign and NRI students in post-doctoral research," Modi said.

    "If you want science to deliver, we must build a strong scientific infrastructure," he added.

  • 12:17 (IST)

  • 12:14 (IST)

    Modi talks about the importance of ocean economy

    "Some of the important challenges are in food, environment, water, climate security and health care," Modi said. "We need to keep an eye on disruptive technologies and check their growth," he added.

    "NITI Aayog is evolving a science and technology vision for the country," he said. "There is a need to develop technologies in servicing and manufacturing sectors," he added.

    "The oceans that surround the Indian peninsula have over 1300 islands...They contain enormous opportunities in energy, food, medicine and other natural resources," he added. "The ocean economy could be a significant dimension of our sustainable future," he said.

  • 12:09 (IST)

    Tomorrow's experts will come from investments: PM Modi

    "I am happy to inaugurate this 104th session of the Indian Science Congress," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

    "The nation will always be grateful to the scientists who have worked to empower the society. In November 2016, the country lost one such eminent scientists Dr MGK Menon," he said.

    "The speed and scale of changes today are unprecedented," Modi said. "Tomorrow's experts will come from investments we make today in our people and infrastructure," he said.

  • 12:06 (IST)

  • 11:53 (IST)

    Prime minister promoted yoga in a big way: Naidu

    "Even for science, you need yoga and traditional ayurveda. Our prime minister has promoted yoga in a big way. With the prime minister's call, so many people are practising yoga," Naidu said.

    "For the first time after independence, our prime minister visited so many countries," he added.

  • 11:50 (IST)

    Demonetisation has a lot of benefits: Naidu

    "Demonetisation has a lot of benefits...With the technology today, it is possible. Nowhere in the world is this happening but in India because of knowledge. Your smart phone is enough for any transaction," N Chandrababu Naidu said.

    "He (Modi) has always wanted to use science and technology for the common man," he said.

  • 11:47 (IST)

    Even for science, we need God's support: N Chandrababu Naidu

    "Even for science, we need God's support," Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu said at the event.

    "This is a spiritual and religious city," he added.

  • 11:43 (IST)

    PM always thinking about development: Harsh Vardhan

    "This conference is themed at science and technology for nation and development. The prime minister is always thinking about development," Harsh Vardhan said, urging the scientists to think about the fundamental problems of the country.

  • 11:40 (IST)

    PM very passionate about science: Harsh Vardhan

    "Fortunately, we have a prime minister at the moment who is very passionate about science and is thorough about the application of science...He knows much more than many of us about how we can connect science with the people of India," Harsh Vardhan said.

    "Our prime minister has given us a number of challenges: to work against the problems related to food, climate change," he added.

    "He keeps encouraging us to work for the fundamental nature of the origin of life," he said.

    He also said that all kinds of technology are the fruits of science. "In every field, our scientists have accomplished achievements which are world-class (sic)," he said.

    "We are helping 20 million farmers of the country (with science)," Harsh Vardhan said.

  • 11:36 (IST)

    Indian Science Congress one of the few events which has been supported by PMs since independence: Harsh Vardhan

    "The scientists of this country are privileged because this is one of the few events which has received the blessings of the prime minister right from independence," Union minister Harsh Vardhan said at the inauguration of the 104th Session of Indian Science Congress at Sri Venkateswara University.

  • 10:53 (IST)

    Modi arrives in Tirupati

Tirupati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the five-day annual Indian Science Congress at the Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati on Tuesday.

'Science and Technology for National Development' will be the focal theme of the Indian Science Congress, Professor D Narayana Rao, general president of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), said.

Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan tweeted:

The main venue for the Science Congress is the Tarakarama Stadium in the university where the prime minister will address the gathering of eminent scientists including Nobel laureates, he said.

Six Nobel Prize winners from different countries such as the US, Japan, Israel, France and Bangladesh will also take part in the event besides about 14,000 scientists and scholars from across the country, he said.

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

The Nobel laureates would also be felicitated with gold medals by the prime minister at the ISC venue, he said.

After his inaugural address, Modi, at a tea ceremony at the varsity, will hold a brief conference with about 50 people, including the Nobel laureates, eminent Indian scientists, other dignitaries and top officials, he said.

It is the second time that Tirupati is hosting the Indian Science Congress, the first being in 1983 when the 70th ISC was held. This is the 104th conference, he said.

Later in the afternoon, Modi will offer prayers at the Lord Venkateswara shrine atop Tirumala hills near here, temple sources said.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Governor ESL Narasimhan will receive and accompany Modi during his six-hour visit here.

A thick security blanket has been thrown over Tirupati and Tirumala in view of the prime minister's visit and the Science Congress.


Updated Date: Jan 03, 2017 12:32 PM

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