PM Modi: ‘VAIBHAV Summit’ celebrates science and innovation from India and the world

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the inauguration of the Vaibhav Summit via Video conferencing, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Vaishvik Bhartiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit on Friday through video conferencing. The summit aims to bring overseas and resident Indian researchers and academics under a common platform.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime minister office said that the aim of the summit is to bring Indian-origin luminaries in academic institutes and research organisations across the world and resident counterparts on a single platform to debate upon collaboration mechanisms to strengthen academic and science and technology (S&T) base in India for global development.

Here are the top highlights of PM’s address-

1. Prime Minister started his speech by by thanking the scientists who offered their suggestions & ideas today. “You have brilliantly covered many subjects. Most of you highlighted the importance of greater collaboration b/w Indian academic & research ecosystem with their foreign counterparts,” he added.

He also said that, “VAIBHAV summit celebrates science & innovation from India & the world. I would call it a true ‘sangam’ or confluence of great minds.”

2. The Prime Minister said that the government has taken numerous measures to boost scientific research and innovation adding that science is at the core of the efforts towards socio-economic change.

3. “In 2014, four new vaccines were introduced in our immunisation programme. This included an indigenously developed Rotavirus vaccine. We encourage indigenous vaccine production,” PM Modi said.

4.The Prime Minister highlighted, “We want top-class scientific research to help our farmers. Our agricultural research scientists have worked hard to ramp up our production of pulses. Today, we import only a very small fraction of our pulses. Our food-grain production has hit a record high.”

5. The need of the hour is to ensure more youngsters develop an interest in science, Modi said adding that one must get well-versed with the science of history and the history of science.

(WITH ANI INPUTS)

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