Dr Harsh Vardhan Stresses On ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ At CSIR-IMMT Bhubaneswar’s Curtain Raiser For IISF 2020

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for Science & Technology, Health & Family Welfare, and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan e-inaugurated the curtain-raiser programme of CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar for IISF 2020 on Saturday. Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan was also present in the programme as the chief guest.

“IISF educates present generation about how India has been an inspiration for the world for new thoughts, ideas, and innovations over centuries. This effort will fuel India’s drive towards becoming a Vishwa-Guru,” Harsh Vardhan was quoted as saying in a release.

The theme of IISF-2020 is “Science for Self-Reliant India and Global Welfare”.

“The proposed theme of IISF-2020 – Science for Self-Reliant India and Global Welfare is very relevant in the present context when the nation is looking towards science and technology for spearheading growth and for implementing the vision of our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi Ji of an “Atmanirbhar Bharat” playing a significant role in the global economy. Many great scientific discoveries and technological advancements in various fields have showcased the excellence of our efforts in science and technology to the world,” the union health minister said.

Pradhan, in his address, appealed to the scientific community to Innovate for India and create a competitive advantage to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’ and create products and services which can compete with the best in the world.

The minister also said that India’s strive to achieve self-reliance cannot be possible without the appropriate use of science and technology for economic development and societal benefit.

DG & Secretary, DSIR, Dr Shekhar C Mande, and CSIR-IMMT Bhubaneswar director, Prof Suddhasatwa Basu also graced the occasion.

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