On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will open the Centre-State Science Conclave taking place in Ahmedabad. The event will be opened by the prime minister, who will address the crowd via video conference from Delhi.
To promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the nation and strengthen Center-State coordination and collaboration mechanisms, the first-of-its-kind science conclave is being organized.
The Ministry of Science & Technology said in a statement, “It will strengthen Centre-State coordination and collaboration mechanisms—in the spirit of cooperative federalism—to build a robust science, technology & innovation (STI) ecosystem across the country.”
Sessions on various topics, such as the STI Vision 204, future growth pathways, the vision for STI in the states, and universal access to digital health care will be covered during the two days of the conclave. There will also be discussions about the necessity of tripling private sector R&D expenditures by 2030 as well as agricultural technological interventions to raise farmers’ incomes.
Researchers and academics will also discuss Clean Energy for All, the Hydrogen Mission, and innovations for producing potable drinking water. We will also talk about the Deep Ocean Mission and how it relates to coastal states.
The conclave takes place months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the Red Fort’s ramparts on Independence Day with the call for “Jai Anusandhan” (research and innovation). According to PM Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former prime minister, had added Jai Vigyan to the phrase “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” and now India will add Jai Anusandhan.
Academics who have long lamented the lack of funding for research and development are hailing the newest addition as a welcome change.