PM inaugurates Science Congress, urges scientists to spend time with students

Narendra Modi

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The prime minister said now seven out of eight states were connected by rail network and projects were underway to connect the remaining state capitals, including Imphal, to broad gauge network. He would also lay foundation stones for a number of projects including National Sports University, 15 transit accommodations for doctors and teachers, 1000 Anganwadi Centres etcetera.

Shifting of venue at the last minute has hit the Indian Science Congress (ISC) hard, organisers said, adding that fewer delegates will attend the science carnival starting here today and plenary sessions will not be held. One of the highest bridges in the world having height of 141 meters is being built on Jiribam-Imphal new line project, a tunnel of 11.5 kms length on the same route will be another milestone feature of this project, he added.

He said India is committed to eliminate TB by 2025, five years ahead of WHO's target, and that Chandrayaan-II, India's mission to moon, would be launched very soon.

Lauding Singh's government, Modi said it had provided the ideal reply on whether a coalition ministry could complete a year in Manipur. The state government has undertaken construction of a new hostel for girls in the tribal area.

Manipur is an example of women empowerment through sports and the women of the State have brought laurels for the country. PM gave his salute to the "great revolutionary and daughter of the nation" Rani Gaidinliu. "We are embarking on a road to a better future". "It is time to reclaim our rightful place among the front-line nations in this field", he said.

Prime Minister also said that the country would check the brain drain of its scientists.

"We have to be ready in implementing technologies vital for the growth and prosperity of the nation".

"Efficiency of solar modules now available in the market is around 17-18 per cent".

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The Prime Minister appreciated the citizen-centric initiatives of the State Government, including for structured interaction and resolution of public grievances.

Students selected from IISc, IIT, NIT, IISER and IIIT will be offered direct admission in PhD in IIT and IISc.

"Our Government has already given the go-ahead to establish 3rd LIGO detector in the country".

Asserting that India's stature in the world had grown under his government, Modi said that the number of heads of state and government visiting India in the last four years had doubled and the country had also become a member of several global groups which it had been aspiring to join such as the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and the Australia Group.

"Our scientific achievements need to be communicated to society".

"We have to throw open our institutions and laboratories to our children. Science is after all, but a means to a far greater end; of making a difference in the lives of others, of furthering human progress and welfare", the Prime Minister said.

The recurring theme of every session of the Indian Science Congress, since 2014 has been development.

The Prime Minister said India has a rich tradition and a long history of both discovery and use of science and technology.

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