The 102nd Indian Science Congress session concluded on Wednesday with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu urging the scientist community to invest heavily in research and development.
Addressing the concluding session of the ISC 2015 in Mumbai, Suresh Prabhu focused more on attracting investments in science research but simultaneously warned against the misuse of the research for anti-social activities.
“Science needs to play a pivotal role in the national mainstream,” he said. In his valedictory address, Governor of Uttar Pradesh Ram Naik brushed aside the controversy over the claims of ancient science in India. He said ancient Indians had the knowledge of astrology, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, architecture, physics and chemistry.
Instead of contradicting the past achievements from the ancient civilization, he said India should tkae pride and restore the prestige of science and its scientists.
The five-day 102nd Indian Science Congress was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and it concluded on Wednesday amid controversy for and against the ancient Indian sciences like astrology and mathematics.
Finally, setting aside controversy on a paper presented at the Indian Science Congress which claimed existence of aeroplanes in India thousands of years ago, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday asked the Indian scientific community not to be ashamed of the country’s ancient history.
He rejected the criticism that the Science Congress only focused on the country’s ancient science history and said India had vast knowledge in all fields. “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.
The paper presented at the 102nd Indian Science Congress, which concluded in Mumbai Wednesday, claimed existence of interplanetary aircraft and airplanes in India 7,000 years ago.
The paper, presented by Captain Anand Bodas, a retired principal of a pilot training institute, and Ameya Jadhav, a college teacher, sparked a row and the organizers also refused to share the paper with a section of media.
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.
He quoted a report from Brookings Institution that Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Pune are among the top 10 cities worldwide that contribute intellectually talented students.
(With inputs from IANS)