Recognizing the role of scientific inputs for accessible and affordable healthcare programmes, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said that government has established a new department for Health Education and Research.
In his inaugural address at the 101st Indian Science Congress at Jammu University, Dr Singh said that the 2013 Science, Technology and Innovation Policy reflects country’s ambitions and outlines the broad approach.
He said the development of Rota Virus vaccine, a new drug for malaria from India is receiving global attention.
Prime Minister announced that India would partner the international scientific community in the establishment of some of the world’s major Research and Development projects. He said a Neutrino-based Observatory is proposed to be established in Tamil Nadu at a cost of about Rs 1450 crores.
Expressing commitment to achieve the inclusive and balanced development of the nation, Dr Singh said we have worked to create a synergy of academia with research, research with industry, industry with economy and economy with the well-being of our people. Prime Minister enjoined upon the scientific community that their basic research must be directed to make new discoveries with innovative efforts to develop affordable solutions suited to Indian conditions.
He added that to ensure food security and improve land and water productivity there is a need to launch a national drive for an ever-green revolution.