New Delhi: There is a need for revolution in technologies assisting agricultural practices said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he inaugurated the 107th Indian Science Congress, in Bengaluru on Friday.
The five-day long event aims to bring together science fraternity across the world to discuss the latest scientific innovation and research across various allied disciplines. The sessions this year are focussed on science and technology in rural development.
"Can we find farmer-centric solutions to the problems of stalk-burning? Can we re-design our brick-kilns for reduced emissions and greater energy efficiency?," said Modi as he urged young scientists to "innovate, patent, produce and prosper" to lead India towards faster development.
The Indian Science Congress is expected to witness participation from researchers from as many as 16 countries this year, who will present their papers and share latest research in as many as 14 disciplines.
Among the key guests are two Nobel Laureates - German Physicist, Professor Stefan Hell, currently one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen Germany and Professor Ada E. Yonath from Israel who was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
The Prime Minister also encouraged scientists to work on developing alternatives for single-use plastic as well as solutions to reuse and remove metal from electronic waste. "The growth story of India depends on its progress in the science and technology sector," he said.
For the first time, the event will have a Farmers Science Congress, which will have presence of experts and scientists from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) along with farmers whose innovative approaches have led to significant contributions.
The five-day event will conclude on January 7.