Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for using vernacular languages in promoting science communication in a big way to develop love of science in the youth, saying language should not be a barrier but a facilitator.
Addressing the curtain-raiser ceremony of the commemoration of professor Satyendra Nath Bose’s 125th birth anniversary in Kolkata via video-conference from New Delhi, he said Bose was a crusader for teaching of science in vernacular languages and had started a Bengali science magazine.
He said, the fundamental importance of his work may be gauged from the fact that several Nobel Prizes in Physics have been awarded subsequently to researchers carrying forward his ideas to diverse physical applications.
The Prime Minister also asked the scientists to use their fundamental knowledge to help the general public in today’s life. He said it is important in today’s world that the final outcome of the innovation and research should be judged for their positive impact on the lives of poor people. He asked scientists to determine their subjects of research keeping in mind the socio-economic challenges faced by the country.
Mr Modi said, the scientific community and anyone associated with science and technology must focus their innovation and research towards building a New India.
He said, science and technology works as an extraordinary engine for Development, Growth and Transformation.
Mr Modi said, for various reasons, India missed the first Industrial revolution but it can not miss similar opportunities today. He said, upcoming sectors such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Cyber-physical systems, Genomics, and Electric Vehicles are new challenges that require attention and scientists need to ensure, that as a country, India keep pace with these emerging technologies and innovations.
He said, the way India’s scientific community tackles these challenges, it will determine it’s success in smart manufacturing, smart cities, Industry 4.0, and the Internet-of-Things. He said, country’s scientific ecosystem must connect directly with innovators and entrepreneurs to cultivate, channelize and empower them.
Physicist S N Bose is best known for his work on quantum mechanics in the early 1920s. Bose discovered what is known as bosons and worked with Albert Einstein to define one of the two basic classes of subatomic particles.