Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday defended a paper presented at the 102nd Indian Science Congress which claimed the existence of aeroplanes 7,000 years ago and said, “One should not feel ashamed of our glorious past.”
The paper presented by Captain Anand Bodas, a retired principal of a pilot training institute, and Ameya Jadhav, in the congress in Mumbai, have paved the way for a controversy. However, the organizers have refused to share the paper presented with a section of media.
Rejecting the criticism that the Science Congress has only focused on India’s ancient science history, the minister asked the Indian scientific community not to be ashamed of India’s ancient history.
He said India has vast knowledge in every field, pointing out that even the international documents have mentioned about it. He also claimed India was the most superior power in the world including science, medicine, art, culture, commerce and anything that one can think of.
The minister said, “So if a paper shares the experiences of the past and integrate them with what is happening today and what is our future goal, I think we should not mind that.”
Harsh Vardhan said that India also has set its eye on modern science and technology by taking part in the thirty metre telescope project in Mauna Kea in Hawaii in US at a cost of Rs.1,299.8 crore.
He enlisted National Supercomputing Mission, Tsunami early warning system, cyclone prediction, torpedo recovering technology, sub surfaced ocean moored observatory in the Arctic, Inspire programme for students, decoding of wheat genome, Indigenous Rotavirus vaccine as some of the milestones of the department.
Meanwhile, the minister was confident that that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Make in India would transform India into a manufacturing hub. He said India is trying to go ‘absolutely digital’ under the concept of ‘Digital India’ promoted by Modi.
“It is premature to say that the call has not enthused private sector to enter defense manufacturing sector. There is lot of enthusiasm to enter to this sector and the department of science and technology is geared up to do its bit in this sector,” he said.