S. Somanath, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), stressed the need to invest in education and people so that the country can achieve supremacy in every field of science and technology.
Mr. Somanath opened a seminar ‘Swatantrata and Science: Role of Vikram Sarabhai’ jointly organized by the Swadeshi Science Movement, Vijnana Bharati, ISRO and the Ministry of Culture on the occasion of Sarabhai’s birthday.
In every field of science and technology, the country should have great leaders, institutions and capabilities. Modern wars are fought in human minds and the younger generation should equip themselves with whatever leads to intellectual upliftment, Mr Somanath said.
The younger generation, he said, should also be aware of India’s glorious heritage of science and technology.
Jayant Sahasrabudhe, National Organizing Secretary, Vijnana Bharati, said the contributions of 22 prominent Indian scientists will be highlighted under the Swatantrata and Science initiative.
S. Unnikrishnan Nair, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Center; JN Murthy, Director, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – Thiruvananthapuram; ISRO Inertial Systems Unit Director Sam Dayala Dev; K. Padmakumar, director of the Kerala State Science and Technology Museum, spoke.