January 3, 2013
Chief Minister attends 100th Indian Science Congress in Kolkata, says advantage of scientific developments must reach grassroot
`I feel very happy to be here on the occasion of the 100th Indian Science Congress in Kolkata. Science has immense significance in the modern age development. Bengal has produced so many talents in various fields including science in the past. I salute all the scientists in India and abroad, they are an asset to the world and we have great respect for them`, these were the opening words of the West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee at the 100th Indian Science Congress organized at Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.
The major attraction of this event will the participation of six Nobel laureates and 60 scientists from abroad will be among the 15,000 participants.
The Chief Minister expressed her happiness to see large number of children participating in the Indian Science Congress. `It gives me immense happiness and satisfaction to see the large numbers of children present here. They are the future of the nation and they are the foundation of modern world. I welcome you all`, added the Bengal Chief Minister.
Speaking on this occasion the she said there was a need to take the advantages of scientific development to the down-trodden and poor people. `I urge the scientists to do a brain storming while having discussions and explore ways of how to take the scientific development and advantages to those residing below poverty level in the society`, said the Chief Minister. She said that a country can never develop unless the problems at grassroot level are solved.
She also announced that the State Government has decided to set up Tagore Centre for Science Culture & Philosophy.
`Science mean it is a mission, science means it is a vision, science means it is a determination, science means it is a dedication, science means it is a devotion, science means it is potentiality and this is why we cannot sustain or survive without science. Science is needed to solve problems at all levels`, said the Chief Minister who paid her respects to the scientists who hailed from Bengal like Prafulla Chandra Roy, Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, Meghnad Saha, Prof. Satyendra Nath Bose. However, she made a special reference to Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam for his contributions.
The country's science and technology policy will be unveiled at the centenary session of the 100th Indian Science Congress which will commence from January 3rd to 7th 2013.