Today, more than ever, the natural and social sciences and their applications are indispensable to our country's development. We want science to be at the service of humanity as a whole, and to produce a better quality of life for present and future generations. Although we are aware of the importance of science and technology, science in our country has been treated as a `marginal activity' and perceived even as an `ornament'. We need to appreciate the importance of science as an essential ingredient and vital investment of economical and social development. The talent pool from which new ideas and major breakthroughs are made would greatly increase if scientist participation from suburbs matched that of urban areas. Dr. M. Balasubramanyam
Senior Scientist
Madras Diabetes Research Foundation