Indian scientists should think ‘out of the box’ so that research could be done that will benefit mankind, said Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan while speaking at the 12th international Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science in Panaji.
He pointed out towards 350 million poor people living in the country and said that scientists can come out with easy and innovative solutions that will benefit these poor people and will their life easier. He achknowledged the fact that Indian scientists aren’t behind any nation and have conducted several reseaches and developed new technologies in past decade but he questioned that how many of that researches have actually benefited the society? He further added, that if technologies and other development are’t in interest of public or does nothing to improve the life quality of a common man, then they are of no use.
To overcome this problem he suggested scientists to first address the needs of the common man and then do researches accordingly. This way every research and development will be in interest of the public.
“There are nearly 350 million people living below poverty line and I feel science has solution to many of their problems. Significant part of our research should contribute in resolving the problem that common men suffer,” he said.
He further added that India has gained lot of international reputation recently with missions like Mangalyaan but have failed to address the needs of Indian people. India has a vast pool of scientists and engineers and they are capable of taking countries to new heights with their innovative ideas and Modi government has given highest priority to ideas, said Dr Harshavarshan. Modi government aims to make India a science power, he said.