Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the seventh edition of India International Science Festival (IISF- 2021) at Panaji, Goa on Saturday, where he emphasised “sustainable” start-ups and said that sustainability in start-ups linked with livelihood opportunities is the key to the future economy of India.
Describing youth comprising more than 70 per cent of India’s present population as the country’s greatest asset, the minister said, just as we stress on sustainable goals, the time has come to stress on sustainable start-ups. Addressing the gathering, Dr Jitendra Singh called upon the youth with the right kind of attitude to think of generating alternate sources of livelihood by exploring avenues in sectors like agriculture, dairy, animal husbandry, healthcare, education, pharma, logistics and waste to wealth through innovative start-ups eco-system. He said, making the lives of people easy with technology the start-ups are not only thriving in tier 3 and 4 markets but also impacting the lives of rural people and customers, besides creating huge job opportunities. The minister said connecting rural India with advanced solutions and services, these start-ups are emerging as innovative and accelerating programmes for the digital India campaign.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, India is celebrating the 75th year of its Independence and it is time to lay down the road map of scientific progress for the next 25 years when India celebrates the Centenary of Independence.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that the series of India International Science Festival (IISF) is an integral part of India’s long-term vision in developing and widening the spectrum of scientific temper for sustainable development and new technological innovations in India. He said, it also aims to build a strategy for rural India through the advancement of science and technology.
The minister informed that IISF would provide a platform to young students, scientists and technocrats from across India for the exchange of knowledge and ideas and also supporting flagship programmes like ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’, Swasth Bharat Abhiyan ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Smart Villages’, ‘Smart Cities’ ‘ Namami Gange’ and ‘Unnath Bharat Abhiyan’.
India International Science Festival (IISF) is a joint programme of the Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA). The first programme of IISF was held in the year 2015 and sixth edition of this annual event was organised in the year 2020. The main purpose of IISF is to celebrate science along with people in India and across the globe.
Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal; Union Minister of State (MoS) for the Ministry of Tourism and Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shripad Naik; Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant; Minister of Science and Technology, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Omprakash Saklecha; Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr M. Ravichandran; President, Vijnana Bharati, Dr Vijay Bhatkar and senior scientists and officials joined the event.
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