While delivering the Bharat Ratna C. Subramaniam Memorial Lecture under the auspices of the Madras Science Foundation (MSF) & Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai, recently, Dr. Y.S. Rajan, the Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor, spoke on Science and people of India ' and emphasised the need for science applications to solve the real-life problems of the masses. Prof. G. Thyagarajan, president of the Madras Science Foundation, welcomed the gathering and spoke on the extraordinary scientific services of late C. Subramaniam (popularly known as CS), who is considered not only as the architect of the green revolution in India but also a visionary leader behind the establishment of several national institutions including the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Madras Institute of Developmental Studies. “CS was instrumental in establishing the State Science & Technology Councils in the country,” he added. While introducing the speaker, Chandramouli, Senior Principal Scientist, CLRI, exposed to the audience the rare qualities and multifaceted characteristics of Dr. Rajan as scientist, technologist, and writer.

Narrating his association with CS, Mr. Rajan spoke about scientific initiatives of CS including the National Agro Foundation.

Dr. Rajan also quoted the famous classic of CS's ‘India of My Dreams' and said that the visionary dreams of CS are yet to be fulfilled.

At the end of his lecture, Dr. Rajan appealed to the youngsters to commit and start Science Referral Centres, thereby bringing science closer to people.