Vice President Md. Hamid Ansari emphasised on the need to create the right ambiance and structures to encourage scientific research and innovations. The Vice President of India, while addressing at formal launch of Rajya Sabha Television’s new look on Sunday, inaugurating a panel discussion on “Scientific Temper: A pre-requisite for Knowledge based Society”.
“I could not have thought of beginning the New Year on a better note than to participate in a conclave like this,” the Vice President remarked as he began his address.
Addressing the gathering of eminent scientists namely, Dr Anil Kakodkar, Dr Girish Saini, Prof.K. Vijay Raghavan, Prof.Ahutosh Sharma, Prof.R. Gadagkar, Prof. Indira Nath and Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan at the event organised by the RSTV event at Vigyan Bhavan, VP Ansari stressed on a further need to develop an analytical approach that leads to rational thinking and the pursuit of truth without prejudice.
“Scientific temper means that knowledge based only on authority or legend – of superiors, elders, tradition or convention – is insufficient unless it is supported by a rational process of reasoning based on facts. Scientific temper, thus, is an attitude which involves the application of logic,” he said.
The Vice President also said that no aspect of human life remains untouched by science.
“Our education system is insufficiently equipped to inculcate Scientific Temper in young minds. Over the years, the quantum of scientific information in the country has increased but has not brought about science-mindedness in sufficient measure,” VP Hamid Ansari said.
Hailing the scientific knowledge further, VP Ansari said that one of the objectives of Indian constitution is “to make scientific temper, the basis of all social interactions’’. This is spelt out in Article 51A, the Vice President said, adding, “it shall be the duty of every citizen of India to develop scientific temper, humanism and spirit of inquiry and reform”.
Vice President Md. Hamid Ansari also released the books “Moments of Eureka” and “Scientifically Yours” during the inaugural session.