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Saturday, December 25, 2010

A nationwide drive to develop and reorient science and technology in India

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The Vigyan Jyot for the 98th Indian Science Congress was flagged off by Prof. Dinesh Singh, the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University at Shri Venkateshwar College in New Delhi. It is a movement inspired by Vision 2020 of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India.

The aim of Vigyan Jyot is to encourage a scientific temper among the youth and to spread the message of “Science for a billion people”. It is a nationwide inspirational drive which is to travel across 10 cities of India ending its journey at S R M University in Chennai, the site of 98th Indian Science Congress which is to take place from 3rd January to 7th January 2011. The Congress is expected to be inaugurated by Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India. The initiative of Vigyan Jyot is conceptualized and orgnised by Science and Technology Organisation MMactive and the 98th Indian Science Congress. Other institutions supporting the initiative are the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and the National Service Scheme.

According to Ravi Boratkar, the Organising Secretary of Vigyan Jyot and 98th Indian Science Congress, it was the second edition of Vigyan Jyot which was being taken across the country for the first time. The Vigyan Jyot is represented by a flaming torch. Starting from the National capital it has been scheduled to travel across Jaipur, Gwalior, Jhansi, Bhopal, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai.

It is reported that this year’s Indian Science Congress will address key issues and will deliberate on major challenges that are being posed by changing dynamics in the arena of Science and Technology. The focal theme of the congress is the importance of innovation fuelled by a strong research base and quality education in the areas of science and technology to attract talented people towards various researches. The emphasis during the 98th Indian Science Congress will be laid down on –

·         Creating network of research and development institutes
·         Promoting innovation in academics and industries
·         Offering incentives, fellowships and rewards

The thrust areas of 98th Indian Science Congress are – Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Environmental Science, Medical Sciences, Electronics Sector, Climate Change, Space Science and Technology and Transportation. With the increasing orientation of youth towards employment at post teenage stage, a major part of the academic traffic is moving towards vocational courses. The conditions of research and research facilities in many of the Indian Universities and in various research institutions, is not sound. Hence the need of the time is to motivate students towards higher studies leading to quality researches and innovations in science and technology.

Key words: Vigyan Jyot, Indian Science Congress, research, message of Science

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