Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that scientists need to focus on emerging challenges like 5G, artificial intelligence and affordable and durable batteries needed for renewable energy.
Chairing a meeting of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Society, CSIR in New Delhi, the Prime Minister highlighted the need to combine traditional knowledge and modern science to develop world-class products. He also spoke about the importance of the commercialization of innovations.
The Prime Minister stressed the importance of developing virtual labs so that science can be made popular among the students in the country. Mr Modi also stressed on the need to attract young students toward science and further strengthen scientific acumen in the next generation. He also suggested measures to enhance collaboration in research and development projects amongst Indians working in different parts of the world.
Asking the scientists to work on the aspirational needs of India, he said, there is a need for CSIR to focus on present social issues like malnutrition by focusing on the agriculture products and water conservation.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister was given an overview of the work done by CSIR. He appreciated the tasks undertaken and also gave his suggestions to chart out a future road map. Prime Minister exhorted the scientific community at CSIR to work towards improving the quality of life of the common man.