Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute for Basic Sciences opened

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said here that the State government would give maximum thrust to science and technology in all its developmental activities.

“We need to look at the future, provide facilities for world-class research and implement globally accepted quality parameters,” he said while inaugurating the Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute for Basic Sciences, housed on the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Technology campus in Kottayam recently.

The institute is Kerala’s pioneering attempt to foster education and research in basic science and mathematics. It is a higher-level capacity-building initiative by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) launched in connection with the 125th birth centenary year of the great mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Mr. Chandy said SRIBS had come into being as a research-centric institution at a time when the State was witnessing an upsurge of interest in science education. He said present-day society was in dire need of science-based solutions for several developmental needs necessary to improve the quality of life of the people. “Scientific knowledge merits application in areas such as public health, development of drugs, farming and food production, besides management of waste and protecting our green belt,” he said.

SRIBS will offer training and classes in the frontier areas of sciences through winter and summer schools. Webinars and Web-based interaction among eminent scientists in different areas of science across the globe and students and scholars will be among the activities of the institute. The Chief Minister opened a national colloquium on crystallography as the first academic activity of the institute. The three-day event organised in connection with 100 years of crystallography began with the G.N. Ramachandran Memorial Lecture, delivered by the Nobel laureate Ada Yonath of Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Executive Vice-President, KSCSTE, welcomed the gathering. M. Vijayan, INSA Albert Einstein Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, lauded the efforts of the KSCSTE to unleash scientific creativity in Kerala.