Panaji (Goa)|: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the India International Science festival (IISF 2021) here on Saturday and emphasised “sustainable” StartUps with livelihood who, he said, would be the key to the future economy of India.
Describing the youth who comprise more than 70% of India’s present population as the country’s greatest asset, the Minister said , just as we stress on sustainable goals, time has come to stress on sustainable StartUps. Addressing the gathering, Dr Jitendra Singh called upon the youth with right kind of aptitude to think of generating alternate means of livelihood by exploring avenues in sectors like Agriculture, Dairy, Animal Husbandry, Healthcare, Education, Pharma, Logistics and Waste to Wealth through innovative Start-ups eco-system. He said, making the lives of people easy with technology the start-ups are not only thriving in tier 3 and 4 markets but also impacting the lives of rural people and customers, besides creating huge job opportunities. The Minister said connecting rural India with advanced solutions and services, these start-ups are emerging as innovative and accelerating programmes for the digital India campaign.
Union Minister of Ayush and Ports,Shipping and Waterways, SarbanandaSonowal, Union Minister of State (MoS) for the Ministry of Tourism and Ports, Shipping and Waterways ShripadNaik, Chief Minister of Goa, PramodSawant, Secretary Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr M. Ravichandran, President VijnanaBharati, Dr Vijay Bhatkar and senior scientists and officials joined Saturday’s Inaugural Function.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the theme of 4-day IISF 2021 is ‘AzadiKaAmritMahotsav’ – “Celebrating Creativity, Science, Technology and Innovation for a prosperous India”. He said, India is celebrating the 75th year of its Independence and it is time to lay down the road map of scientific progress for the next 25 years, when India celebrates the Centenary of Independence.
The Minister exhorted the youth to join the “VigyanUtsav” and take the lead through Innovative Start-ups to make India a 5 Trillion Dollar Economy by 2024-25. He said, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, science is not only a subject of research, but has assumed the dimensions of festivity and there is a need for celebrating Science Festival in every city and village of India to inspire the youth in critical thinking. He said, the main aim of the Science Festival is to bring into use the innovations by the people and develop technology that is affordable to the masses.
Some of the main events at the inaugural function are Science Village, Traditional Crafts and Artisan Meet, Games and Toys, Global Indian Scientists and Technocrats Fest, ECO-FEST, New Age Technology and Mega Science and Technology Expo.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that the series of India International Science Festival (IISF) is an integral part of India’s long-term vision in developing and widening the spectrum of scientific temper for sustainable development and new technological innovations in India. He said, it also aims to build a strategy for rural India through the advancement of Science and Technology.
The Minister informed that IISF will provide a platform to young students, scientists and technocrats from across India for exchange of knowledge and ideas and also supporting flagship programmes like ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’, Swasth Bharat Abhiyan ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Smart Villages’, ‘Smart Cities’ ‘ NamamiGange’, ‘Unnath Bharat Abhiyan’ initiated by the Prime Minister in the last seven years.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that this year India is celebrating 75th year of Independence as AazadiKaAmritMahotsav and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the ideas of five pillars to celebrate it, which will be reflected through various programs in IISF 2021.
India International Science festival (IISF) is a joint program of Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences and VijnanaBharati (VIBHA) a swadeshi movement of Bharat. The first program of IISF was held in year 2015 and sixth edition of this annual event was organised in year 2020. The main purpose of IISF is to celebrate science along with people in India and across the globe.