Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that there is a committed effort to enhance education in science and technology in the state of Haryana. He said, government will establish a Science City on 50 acres in either Faridabad or Gurugram district to promote new scientific research and innovations. Khattar as the Chief Guest during the closing ceremony of the 9th India International Science Festival held at THSTI Biotech Institute, Faridabad. He said that today Haryana has got the opportunity to host this 9th Science Festival congratulating on the successful organization highlighted the participation of students, teachers, researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, startups, and international representatives in the Science Festival. He commended all participants for their contributions.
CM stated that the Science Festival showcases India’s achievements in the fields of science and technology, fostering knowledge exchange and dialogue between various stakeholders engaged in the same field. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dedication to science said that the mantra of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, and Jai Anusandhan/ sets a new direction for India to progress. The India International Science Festival is the country’s largest science festival, with the theme “Science and Technology Public Outreach in Amrit Kaal.”
The Chief Minister emphasized the importance of science and technology in achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India a glorious, prosperous, powerful, self-reliant, and developed nation by the year 2047. He acknowledged the valuable contributions of Indian scientists throughout history since ancient which produced stalwarts like Homi Jehangir Bhabha, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, and others in the country. He expressed pride in India’s achievements, such as the successful development of two COVID-19 vaccines and their distribution to other countries.
Khattar highlighted India’s progress in space exploration, including the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the southern pole of the moon and the establishment of the Aditya L-1 mission for solar study. He commended the visionary Vikram Sarabhai, Chairman of the Indian National Committee for Space Research, for conceptualizing the use of satellite technology for communication and weather forecasting. He also mentioned the initiation of the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment in India. He encouraged the youth to engage in research and innovation, stating that in today’s new India, opportunities are opening up in the fields of research and innovation in science, technology, and entrepreneurship..
The festival included workshops, symposiums, science competitions, technology shows, exhibitions, and more, spanning 17 subjects over three days. India has been a pioneer in the fields of science and technology since ancient times, and the Chief Minister expressed optimism about the ongoing wave of startup programmes in science in contemporary India. Khattar further stated that in order to promote science education among the students of the state, the Department of Science and Technology also gives scholarships to students studying science subjects from class XI to Ph.D level. CM disclosed that six separate government universities have been established in the state for science and technology education and research. Additionally, other universities also provide education in science. On this occasion, the Minister of Higher Education, Mool Chand Sharma, addressed the gathering.