KERALA

Regional science centres at three places likely

Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said that the State government will consider setting up Regional Science Centre at three places to instil awareness of science in the public.

He was inaugurating the four-day 21st Kerala Science Congress (KSC) here on Wednesday. There is also a proposal to establish district science cities for identifying talent in science from rural areas and promoting them. Vacancies in institutions managed by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) will be filled soon, he said.

In the backward regions of the State, area-specific development schemes would be formulated with the help of the KSCSTE, he said.

The Chief Minister also presented the Dr. Vasudevan Memorial Award 2008 to Sam Solomon, for his research report on “rare earth titanium niobate and tantalite dielectric resonators for communication systems.” Dr. Solomon teaches at the St. John’s College, Anchal.

Agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan said that Kerala was one of the few States which had taken the lead in organising a State-level science congress. He recalled that addressing a State Science Congress at Kochi in 1990, he had suggested converting Ernakulam into a ‘biotechnology district.’ That idea was to help promote opportunities for self employment in a wide range of enterprises. Though the State government did take action on the suggestion, somehow there was no follow-up.

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