Provide platforms to encourage budding scientists: Dharam Singh
To keep pace with the developments in the world, India must give more importance to science and technology, according to the former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh.
Inaugurating the three-day State-level round of the National Children's Science Congress 2011 organised by the Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat on the main campus of Gulbarga University here on Friday, Mr. Singh said such conferences provided the perfect platform for budding scientists to showcase and hone their talent.
Mr. Singh said educationists should tap the rich talent in rural areas. He stressed the need for setting up more centres of higher learning .
Lauding the parishat for organising the science congress on the theme ‘Land resources: use for Prosperity, save for posterity', Mr. Singh said the awareness about the need to conserve land and water should be instilled in the minds of children.
Mr. Singh said the Union Government was giving priority to mechanisation and innovation in the agricultural sector. It was concentrating on protecting the fertility of land and increasing foodgrain production, he added.
He did not agree that Gulbarga was backward in the field of higher education. It had medical and engineering colleges in the 1950s, and had produced many eminent doctors and engineers who were in important positions within and outside the country, he said.
Harish Bhat, environmental scientist, said students should be inquisitive and have a creative bent of mind to excel in science and technology.
Sharanprakash Patil, Sedam MLA, said that organising such conventions would help in inculcating scientific temper among children.
Prominent among those who spoke were chairman of the Hyderabad Karnataka Area Development Board, Amarnath Patil. Gulbarga University Vice-Chancellor E.T. Puttaiah presided over the programme. The 19th State-level convention is being held in the city after 15 years. More than 1,200 budding scientists from all over the State will exhibit their projects.
The thirty best projects selected at the congress would be exhibited at the National Children's Science Congress in Jaipur from December 27 to 31.