The Centre will make it easier to do scientific research in the country and science administration, too, will be improved, Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi told scientists while stressing that their work should focus on the ‘five-Es’ — economy, environment, energy, empathy and equity. In his inaugural address at the Indian Science Congress here, Mr Modi called for greater scientific collaboration between central and state-level institutions and agencies. He asked scientists from India and overseas to bridge the gap between traditional knowledge and modern science so that localised and more sustainable solutions could be found to various challenges. He said the impact of science would be the most when scientists and technologists keep the principles of what he called “Five Es” at the centre of their enquiry and engineering. ‘Economy’— related to finding cost-effective and efficient solutions; ‘Environment’— to keep the carbon footprint at the lowest and with least impact on the ecology; ‘Energy’ — when our prosperity relies less on energy and the energy we use keeps our skies blue and our Earth green; ‘Empathy’ — when our efforts are in tune with our culture, circumstances and social challenges and ‘Equity’ — when science advances inclusive development and improves the welfare of the weakest, he said. Mr Modi said good governance was not just about policy and decision making, transparency and accountability but also about integrating science and technology into the choices to be made and the strategies to be pursued. “We will also try to increase the level of resources for science and deploy them in accordance with our strategic priorities,” he said at the ‘Manasa Gangotri’ campus of the University of Mysore, which is celebrating its centenary. Some 500 eminent scientists and experts are attending the five-day Congress with the focal theme ‘Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India’, in tune with Mr Modi’s big push for ‘Make in India’ programme.
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