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PM Modi sanctions 2 battalions to create 2,000 job opportunities for Manipur

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the 105th Indian Science Congress in Manipur’s Imphal and addressed a public gathering at Luwangshangbam.
Addressing the inaugural session of the 105th Indian Science Congress, the prime minister exhorted scientists to extend their research from “the labs to the land” for the greater benefit of the people and said time was ripe to redefine R&D as research for development of the nation.
PM Modi on Friday sanctioned ten India Reserve Battalions for Northeastern states, which include two battalions for Manipur. These two battalions will directly provide job opportunities to about 2,000 youth in the State Addressing the inaugural session of the 105th Indian Science Congress in Imphal, he exhorted scientists to extend their research from “the labs to the land” for the greater benefit of the people and said time was ripe to redefine R&D’ as research for the development of the nation.
Modi pointed out that this was the second Science Congress in the northeastern region in the last 100 years. He urged scientists to help overcome problems like malnutrition and diseases including malaria and Japanese encephalitis. He said India has a rich tradition and a long history of both discovery and use of science and technology.
“It is time to reclaim our rightful place among the front-line nations in this field,” he said, calling upon the scientific community to extend its research from “the labs to the land”.
Modi said the country has to be “future ready” in implementing technologies vital for the growth and prosperity of the nation.
“Technology will allow far greater penetration of services such as education, healthcare and banking to our citizens,” he said.
He said India has a rich tradition and a long history of both discovery and use of science and technology. “It is time to reclaim our rightful place among the front-line nations in this field,” he said, calling upon the scientific community to extend its research from “the labs to the land”.
There is a need, the prime minister said, to communicate our scientific achievements to society. Modi said the country has to be “future ready” in implementing technologies vital for the growth and prosperity of the nation.
This, he said, will help inculcate scientific temper among the youth.
“We have to throw open our institutions and laboratories to our children. I call upon scientists to develop a mechanism for interaction with school-children,” he said.
He said it was his “personal request” that scientists spend 100 hours per annum with 100 students of classes 9 to 12 to discuss science and technology as it could help nurture scientific temperament among the youth.
Over 5,000 invitees are taking part, including 2,000 research scholars and scientists.
Stating that the World Health Organisation was planning to eradicate tuberculosis globally by 2030, he said India would accomplish this mission by 2025.
Modi appreciated the contribution in space science and said the country would check the brain drain of its scientists.
The government has set a target of 100 Gw (gigawatts) of installed solar power by 2022, Modi told the gathering.
“Efficiency of solar modules currently available in the market is around 17-18 per cent. Can our scientists take a challenge to come up with a more efficient solar module, which can be produced in India at the same cost,” he asked.
He also said the government is committed to increasing the share of non-fossil fuel based capacity in the electricity mix above 40 per cent by 2030.
Women power in Manipur has always been a source of inspiration for the country. Today on this occasion, I salute the great revolutionary and daughter of the nation Rani Gaidinliu. I am also privileged to inaugurate today a park dedicated in her name.
Our government has already given the go-ahead to establish 3rd LIGO detector in the country. It will expand our knowledge in basic sciences in the areas of lasers, light waves and computing. I am told that our scientists are tirelessly working towards making this a reality.
We are committed to increasing the share of non-fossil fuel based capacity in the electricity mix above 40 per cent by 2030. India is a leader in the multi-country Solar Alliance and in Mission Innovation. These groupings are providing a thrust to R&D for clean energy.
Our scientific achievements need to be communicated to society. This will help inculcate scientific temper among youth. We have to throw open our institutions and laboratories to our children. I call upon scientists to develop a mechanism for interaction with school-children.
I am told that this is just the second time in over a century, that the Indian Science Congress is being held in the Northeast. This is a testimony to the resurgent spirit of the Northeast. It bodes well for the future: PM Modi in Imphal
Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, security in the state particularly in Imphal town has been beefed up.
PM Modi’s recent Manipur visit comes a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led coalition government completed its first year in the state.
India is a leader in the multi-country Solar Alliance and in Mission Innovation. These groupings are providing a thrust to R and D for clean energy, the prime minister pointed out.

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