President: Scientists must play a big role to achieve ‘New India’

RSTV Bureau
Kolkata: President Ram Nath Kovind being felicitated by  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi looks on during a civic reception in Kolkata on Tuesday. PTI Photo

Kolkata: President Ram Nath Kovind being felicitated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi looks on during a civic reception in Kolkata on Tuesday. PTI Photo

President Ram Nath Kovind has spoken out about the importance of scientists in nation building.

The President said the scientific community has play a major role to achieve ‘New India by 2022′.

“I appreciate the commitment of scientists to the nation. You make India proud. I can say without doubt that you are true nation builders and have a major responsibility for the realisation of New India an India that will achieve certain developmental milestones by 2022,” Kovind said while addressing the ‘Vigyan Chintan – Scientific Ecosystem In Kolkata’ — an interaction with scientific community.

Describing Kolkata as a city that has been “the capital of modern Indian science”, the President said that New  India would not be achieved without New Bengal.

“New India cannot be achieved without New Bengal. And neither New India nor New Bengal can be achieved without the scientific community here contributing in strong measure,” he said.

Referring to the contribution of scientists like JC Bose, SN Bose and Meghnad Saha and Acharya PC Ray from the state, he lauded the role of present day young scientists from West Bengal “to the furthering of science and of knowledge”.

“To this day, young students from Bengal, young science graduates and scientists, young engineers and technologists, contribute so much to the furthering of science and knowledge. They do so all over the country and all over the world,” the President said.

“There is truly something special about Bengal. On this soil, even a Swami devoted to spiritualism can have a sensitive appreciation for and a fascination for modern science,” the President added.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Chief Secretary Moloy De, Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra, Leader of opposition Abdul Mannan and BJP state president Dilip Ghosh were among the dignitaries present at the event.

(With inputs from PTI)