Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said scientific research in areas such as agriculture, infrastructure, forest conservation and water management is vital for Kerala to progress socially and economically.
He was speaking after inaugurating a three-day Scientists’ Interface Meet organised by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) here.
Addressing nearly 250 delegates from various research organisations under KSCSTE and RGCB, the Chief Minister said the researchers must make use of the facilities and resources provided to them to come up with innovations that will contribute to nation building.
‘The government aims to promote young scientists to bring out their full potential in creating better living conditions for fellow citizens,’ he said.
The Scientists’ Meet, which brings experts in various disciplines together, will initiate fruitful discussions to analyse and resolve issues prevailing in the field of science research, he added.
The Government of Kerala has been supportive in constructing a proficient scientific community under the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, said Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, KSCSTE executive vice president and Ex-officio Principal Secretary to the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Kerala.
The KSCSTE has been performing exceptionally well and scientists of the state will flourish under the guidance of experts of the institute, said RGCB Director Prof. M. Radhakrishna Pillai, who is also the Executive Committee Member of KSCSTE. ‘No other state has got an institute, which is as efficient as KSCSTE,’ he added.
Coinciding with the inaugural ceremony, the Chief Minister released a handbook on the research community of the state, which comprises details of scientists and their areas of research. As a gesture of appreciation, the Chief Minister handed over a copy of the latest issue of ‘Sastra’ the tri-monthly published by KSCSTE to Prof. M. Radhakrishna Pillai.
Mr P. Balaram, Professor of Molecular Biophysics at the Indian Institute of Science, and the former head of IISc, Bangalore, delivered G N Ramachandran memorial lecture on ‘The Ramachandran Map and its Impact on Protein and Peptide Research’.
The three-day Scientists’ Interface Meet will have technical sessions based on various science disciplines.
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