Gujarat Global News Network, Delhi
The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari today said that we have a created a robust science and technology infrastructure. Our human resources are outstanding and given a fair chance and adequate resources, they can achieve almost the impossible.
Our relative position with respect to scientific publications has improved from 15th in 2003 to 9th in 2010. Our science output has reached 3 per cent of the global output in 2010. However, much more needs to be done. As the country continues on the path of rapid, more inclusive and sustainable growth, we will have to do considerably better in the field of science and technology, not just for our own development but also to keep pace with the rest of the world.
The Vice President expressed his concern that at present, we fall short of global standards in science and technology and research and development in many areas. India’s share of top 1 per cent impact-making scientific publications in the world is only 0.5 per cent, as of 2006, less than those of other Asian countries like China and South Korea. Inventiveness in our basic science, as indicated by creation of intellectual property, is low. India’s innovation system ranking varies between 50 and 60 among the nations.
He said that we spend only 1 per cent of our gross domestic product (GDP) in the R&D sector, which needs to be raised to 2 per cent of GDP, just to match other developed and emerging economies. For a country of our size and population, our ownership of intellectual assets also needs to show an increase – from a little more than 1900 filed by Indians and sealed in 2007 to about 20000 patents sealed per year by 2020.
He was Addressing at the “National Awards Presentation Ceremony, 3rd National level Exhibition and Project Competitions 2013 under the ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research’ (INSPIRE) programme” organized by Department of Science & Technology here today. He said that in this age, the steadily increasing pace of technological change based on scientific research and development has brought about profound changes in many areas of human endeavour – such as healthcare, energy, agriculture, information technology etc.
However, many challenges still remain and new ones are emerging, as rapid growth in population and indiscriminate consumption is depleting our finite natural resources and irreversibly transforming the planet. In the future, science and technology will be critical in finding answers to these seemingly intractable challenges.
He congratulated all the young friends who have been recognized today for their achievements. It is their initiative, dedication and hard work that has won them the awards. He urged them to continue working hard with the same degree of commitment, perseverance and integrity and I am confident that success will find them.
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