Indians made several discoveries but selflessly gave credit to other scientists including renowned Pythagoras theorem, said Dr. Hardhwardhan, Union minister of science and technology, at the inauguration of the 102nd edition of the Indian Science Congress and Technology.
Drawing attention towards ancient Indian sciences, he said, “Our scientists discovered the Pythagoras theorem, but we very sophisticatedly gave its credit to the Greeks. We all know we knew ‘beej ganit’ much before the Arabs, but very selflessly allowed it to be called algebra.”
Vardhan’s view was supported by many professors who were present at the inaugural function. “We gave the world zero. For everything in mathematics, be it algebra or anything else, we have to start with zero. So we cannot ignore what we have contributed to mathematics,” said a professor.
However, many mathematics experts were not convinced by Vardhan’s view. “We know Indians have contributed to mathematics to a great extent. However, I was surprised to hear what he said. Maybe the way, he thinks about mathematics, is different than what we academicians do,” said another mathematics professor from Mumbai University, who was present at the inaugural function.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the function and poured light on reigniting the love for science and technology in the country so that our young generation come up with new researches that smoothens life and is beneficial for the human race.
“Our scientists should be able to explore the mysteries of science and not get stuck in government procedures,” said Modi. He added that our research is restricted to central agencies, but it must be made broad-based. “We have to place the university system at the cutting edge of the research and development activities in the country,” he added.
On significant contribution to science and mathematics by Indian scientists, Modi said, “Just as children see sportsmen as role models, scientists should also be the same. Parents should feel pride in their children becoming scientists.”
Moreover, PM Modi linked nation’s development with new researches and development in science and technology. He added by saying that every effort should be made to make sure that science and technology reaches every person in the country including the poorest. Everyone should get the benefits of science and technology.