At ISC, PM Modi calls for right to digital connectivity

Saturday, January 03, 2015
Modi in a group photograph at inauguration ceremony of the 102nd ISC 2015
[PHOTO: Special Arrangements] 
Mumbai: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday said digital connectivity should become as much a basic right as access to school as he called for efforts to ensure that science, technology and innovation reach the poorest, the remotest and the most vulnerable person.

He was inaugurating the 102nd Indian Science Congress(ISC) at the Mumbai University on December 03,2014.

Science and Technology for Human Development- is the theme of the for this session . The five-day event will witness deliberations and presentation of papers by the scientific fraternity from across the globe.

While addressing the inaugural speech PM Modi said "For a prosperous future for India, we need to put science, technology and innovation at the top of national priorities."

 "Science may be the product of human brain. But, it is also driven by the compassion of human heart -the desire to make human life better," he added.

More than 12,000 delegates from all over the country are expected to take part in the ISC 2015.
Few nobel laureates, a number of eminent scientists and resource persons from home and abroad are also being invited to participate in the Science Congress.

This is after a gap of 45 years that the Science Congress is returning to Mumbai and the emphasis will be on showcasing it as a science city besides being the financial capital of India, an official release said.

Mumbai has world renowned institutes like Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Tata Memorial Centre among others, which will be actively participating in the Science Congress.

The Congress Session will bring together eminent scientists, research scholars to popularise science and foster a scientific temperament.

ISRO and DRDO will also be participating in this mega exhibition.

The Government of India is also mounting a major exhibition on 'Make In India' initiative.

The sessions will cover a wide variety of topics like agriculture and forestry, veterinary science, earth science, environment, engineering, information & communication, computer sciences, mathematics, medicine, biology, physics and plant sciences among others.

Other themes of interest include science & technology in SAARC countries, biodiversity conservation, space application, GM crops and the use of modern biotechnology in agriculture, clean energy systems for the future.
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