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Basic science research to be the thrust area of Modi Government

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Vardhan asks scientists at IACS to accept new challenges

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology, said that Narendra Modi Government is firmly committed to improving the state of science research in India. According to a PIB release, addressing scientists and scholars at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of the Sciences (IACS) in Kolkata recently, Vardhan said, “Being a man of medicine and having toured most of the famous science institutions of the world over the past three decades, I am aware of the paucity of facilities and incentives for carrying out research in cutting-edge science.”

Vardhan said that basic science research in the country will be a thrust area of this government. The founding vision of the country was the attainment of self-sufficiency and the capacity to chart its own course of development. Somehow we lost our way. Now, through ‘Make in India’, Modi wishes to rejuvenate that search.

He called for a paradigm shift, which gives more power and autonomy to young scientists. There are many good and sincere scientists in India whose interests are not motivated by awards and recognition. He said that scientific progress of the country is the result of the efforts of these people, though limited resources hav