Ministry of Science & Technology via PIB India:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address at the National Metrology Conclave 2021 organised by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) , New Delhi on its 75th year of inception.
Addressing at the inauguration, the Prime Minister lauded the Indian scientists for successfully developing two Indian COVID vaccines. He said India’s Covid vaccination Program is the largest in the world and is about to be started.
He lauded the scientific institutions in the country including CSIR for coming together to find solutions for every challenge faced by the country.
Shri Narendra Modi also dedicated National Atomic Timescale and Bhartiya Nirdeshak Dravya Pranali to the Nation and laid the Foundation Stone of National Environmental Standards Laboratory through a video conference on the occasion.
The Prime Minister urged CSIR to interact with school students to raise awareness about the efforts of the institute. He said this would inspire and motivate them to become scientists in future.
He praised CSIR NPL for having played an important role in the evolution and evaluation in the development of the country.
The Prime Minister remarked that as India’s timekeeper CSIR-NPL also has the responsibility to change the future of India.
He said over the decades, India was dependent on foreign standards for quality and measurement. But now India’s pace, progress, rise, image, and strength of India will be decided by our own standards.
He said metrology which is science of measuring also sets the foundation for any scientific achievement. No research can proceed without measurement. Even our achievement has to be measured on some scale.
He said the credibility of the country in the world will be dependent on the reliability of its metrology. He said metrology is like a mirror showing us our standing in the world, the scope for improvement. He gave a call to remind that the goal to achieve a self reliant India consists of quantity as well as quality.
He urged to win the hearts of every customer who purchases Indian products. He stressed to ensure that Made in India products not only meet global demand but also get global acceptance.
The Prime Minister pointed out, historically, any country has progressed in direct correlation to its effort to promote science. He termed this ‘value creation cycle’ of Science, Technology and Industry.
Explaining further, the Prime Minister said that a scientific invention creates a technology and technology leads to industry development. Industry, in turn, invests further in science for new research.
This cycle keeps on taking us in the direction of new possibilities. CSIR-NPL has played a major role in taking forward this value cycle, the Prime Minister added.
This value creation cycle of science to mass creation has become all the more important in today’s world when the country is moving forward with the goal of Atmanirbhar India. CSIR will have to play its role in this.