Science vital for betterment of life, VP tells earth scientists to work for national goals

Hyderabad: Vice President M Venkiaha Naidu today said Science was very important for the betterment of life.
Addressing the scientists and researchers of National Geophysical Research Institute, here today, the Vice President said nature and culture must be combined for betterment of the mankind. He exhorted the earth scientists to work towards sustainable goals, meet societal needs and facilitate nation building. He said climate change, global warming, sustainable development and clean energy have become major challenges to the mankind. “It is notable that through its unique R&D interventions, the CSIR was addressing national goals and Missions such as Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat, Samarth Bharat, Make in India, Startup India and Skill India and so on, he added.
The Vice President said there was a need to expand the linkages between scientific institutions, universities and the industry to promote innovations and research that is relevant to the needs. He also asked the CSIR and its institutions like the NGRI to popularize science so that more and more children get interested in pursuing science subjects. He said the CSIR was known for its cutting edge R&D knowledge base in diverse S&T areas and it has been ranked 9th in the world amongst the 1,207 government institutions, with an overall global ranking of 75 in the world, covering 5250 institutions.
The Vice President said  in the Asiatic region, CSIR ranks 14th out of 1431 entities and at No 3 among 284 government-funded research bodies, with only Chinese Academy of Sciences and Japan Science and Technology Agency ahead of the CSIR. “Science and technology has been an integral part of India’s culture and tradition. Ancient India was known for the rich scientific contributions—right from the use of zero, precise calculation of eclipses, concept of atom, to Shushruta Samhita involving complex surgery and Charak explicitly describing diseases, their causes and modes of treatment. The civilizations of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa are ample proof that ancient India was more advanced than the rest of the world at that time”, he added.
Bibliometric analysis of research in the field of Earth System Science has revealed that on an average, Indian researchers contribute about 5% of papers in Earth Sciences published worldwide, he said. With respect to Geosciences, NGRI occupies the foremost position in India, and it is commendable that India is ranked 9th globally regarding publications in the field of Geosciences, he added.

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