Hyderabad: Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that science is important for the betterment of life. He was addressing the Scientists and Researchers of National Geophysical Research Institute here on Thursday.
The Vice President said that nature and culture must be combined for the betterment of mankind. He urged earth scientists to work towards sustainable goals, meet societal needs and facilitate nation building adding that climate change, global warming, sustainable development, and clean energy, have become major challenges for mankind.
It is notable that through its unique R&D interventions, CSIR is addressing national goals and Missions such as Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat, Samarth Bharat, Make in India, Startup India and Skill India, he added.
Venkaiah Naidu asked Indian scientific institutions to increase the number of patents and research publications in international journals.
He further said that Bibliometric analysis of research in the field of Earth System Science has revealed that on an average, Indian researchers contribute about 5% of papers in Earth Sciences published worldwide. I am sure all of you will agree on the need to improve it, he added.
The Vice President said that there is a need to expand the linkages between scientific institutions, universities and the industry to promote innovations and research that is relevant to our needs.
He further said that CSIR and its institutions like the NGRI to popularize science so that more and more children get interested in pursuing science subjects. (INN)