The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu called upon academic institutions, especially schools to nurture the spirit of nurture inquisitiveness, Curiosity, Reasoning, and Open-mindedness right from school days. He said students must be taught to become responsible, socially conscious citizens.
Addressing the 27th edition of the National Children’s Science Congress in Kerala, he said that the real purpose of Science and Technology was to improve the lives of people and that all researches, inventions must go beyond laboratories and become interventions for masses.
Stressing the need to reorient the education system to incorporate practical aspects of scientific developments, he opined that lives saved and nourished would not be able to flourish in the absence of inclusive and sustained development that creates jobs, skills and reduces poverty.
Given the importance of science, technology, and innovation (STI) in economic and social development, the Vice President wanted the youth to upgrade their skills at par with the changing needs of the 21st Century job scenario.
Describing the theme of the Science was Congress, -“Science, Technology, and Innovation for a Clean, Green and Healthy Nation,” was timely and relevant to the times, he asserted that innovations must find solutions to pressing problems such as climate change, improving agriculture productivity by providing better water utilization techniques and others.
Pointing out that there should not be any hesitation in accepting the harsh fact we had played with nature for too long and that it was only returning its favour by showing its fury, M Venkaiah Naidu reiterated the one must go back to roots and learn to live with nature.
“This is high time that we learn to live with nature and take all the necessary steps to preserve and nurture it,” he added.
The Vice President said that he was filled with joy to see the young and igniting minds of India showcasing their small but significant research activities.
He said that participation in events would help children adopting the process of learning through doing and also inspire them to pursue science as the profession though their interactions with scientists.
Arif Mohammed Khan, Governor of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Mr. V K Prasanth MLA, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, Prof Sudheer and other dignitaries were present at the event.
Around 658 student scientists from 28 states, Nine Union Territories besides 15 from various Indian Schools in the Middle East are showcasing their prototypes, projects, and inventions at the Science Congress.