NEW DELHI, Jan 21: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated India’s first-ever multi-venue Mega Global Science Exhibition “Vigyan Samagam” at National Science Centre, here today. The Exhibition will be open till 20th March 2020.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh emphasised that three-tier teams should be set up for scientific research involving older and younger generations, so that continuity could be maintained in research work. He said that exhibitions should be organised with focus on educating the young students, so that they can choose science as a career in future, depending on their inherent aptitude.
Dr Jitendra Singh congratulated the organisers for holding this exhibition, which is the first of its kind initiative. He informed that this is fourth such in the series of similar exhibitions organised earlier at Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. He noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a natural temper for science and under his leadership the Government has taken various initiatives for the development of science and technology.
Dr Jitendra Singh mentioned the ‘Hall of Nuclear Energy’ that was set up in Pragati Maidan Delhi about three years back, and attracts a lot of students and youngsters. A Hall is being planned on similar lines for Space technology as well, he added. He also spoke about India’s Gaganyaan, Mangalyaan and Chandrayaan missions which are the distinct specimens of “Make in India”.
About nuclear energy, the Minister said that India has used nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. He also emphasised that industry and other stakeholders should also be involved in scientific projects so that issues related to lack of resources and industrial applications can be addressed.
Dr. R. Chidambaram, Former Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) said that India, of our dream is India which is economically developed and scientifically advanced and our country is moving in that direction. He said that we need to build an excellent research, development and innovative eco-system, which provides our scientists and engineers an opportunity to excel in basic research, applied research, technology development and R&D-led innovation.
Dr Paul Ho, a world – renowned Astrophysicist and Director General of East Asian Observatory shared his experience about the first image of a supermassive black hole, “The Event Horizon Telescope, a network of 8 radio telescopes, operating at millimeter-wavelengths, and spanning the surface of the earth, has successfully produced the first picture of a black hole.
Dr K. N. Vyas, Chairman, AEC and Secretary, DAE and Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) also spoke.