New Delhi: The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan hoped that substantial progress could be seen in the field of Science and Technology in next 365 days. Speaking at the foundation day of the Ministry of Earth Sciences in New Delhi last evening, he said, strategic meetings were held with all institutions of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and also various institutions of the Department of Science & Technology, wherein heads of IITs also participated.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan said further studies and experiments in the field of earth sciences are underway for a better prediction of climatic conditions. The Minister pointed out that various studies indicate that a financial benefit of about one lakh crore Rupees is accruing to farmers, fishermen and others, from predictions being made by various divisions of the Ministry of Earth Sciences. He said an estimate also shows that the benefit to fishermen alone amounts to about 50,000 crore Rupees.The Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Y. S. Chowdary has said that better efforts should be made to reach the weather forecast information in a more effective and timely manner to farmers, fishermen and other beneficiaries for such information to be fully beneficial to them. The Minister said efforts are being made to achieve these goals.
In his Foundation Day Lecture Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Member, Niti Aayog said that proactive researches in various fields of Earth Sciences should be undertaken for a sustainable human development.
The Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Shailesh Nayak has said that substantial progress has already been made in the field of earth sciences research and the capabilities of the country are among the best in the world today.
To mark the occasion national awards and certificates of merit were presented by the ministers to distinguished Scientists in the fields of Ocean Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Geoscience and Polar Sciences and Cryosphere. Prizes were also presented to winning children of a drawing competition held on the occasion of the Earth Day.