Speaker: Prof. D. V. S. Jain, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Date & Time: June 21, 2014, at 10:00 AM
Venue: Conference Room, State Election Commission, Haryana, Nirvachan sadan, Plot No-2, Sector-17, Panchkula, Haryana
Superiority in science and technology and political stability are two pillars of strength for any country. These are necessary for its economic prosperity and higher status in the community of nations. This belief has been confirmed by the Parliament of India through several Science Policy resolutions after independence. With meager investment in science we have been able to reap the benefits of green, white and blue revolutions. Our success in atomic energy, space, communications and deep sea drilling etc are thrilling achievements. However, we could have done much better if the efforts our scientists were not hampered due to a number of political, bureaucratic and financial constraints. The problem is further vitiated by a very weak educational system all the way from primary schools to the institutes of higher education. Our universities and research laboratories lack both autonomy and accountability leading to very poor quality of research devoid of innovation and breakthroughs. Needless to say that there are individuals, who have made important contributions to research even under trying circumstances. There is no use of blaming any one section of the society (Politicians, administrators, teachers, scientists, technicians, industrialists, businessman and the civil society). Workable, revolutionary reforms are necessary for proper functioning of our schools, colleges, universities and research institutions. This is possible only if all the stakeholders cooperate in the interest of science and for the bright future of our future generations.