Dr Jitendra Singh addresses the joint meeting of all science ministries and departments

Minister of State of the Union (Independent Office) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Officer) Earth Sciences; Dr Jitendra Singh, PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, today announced that 134 proposals / requirements have been received from 33 ministries / departments for science applications and technology solutions by the six S&T departments coordinated by CSIR.

Addressing the third joint meeting of all ministries and science departments here today, Dr Jitendra Singh expressed satisfaction that so many proposals were received from line ministries within two months of the initiative launched in September to develop the use of different scientific applications for sectors like agriculture, food, education, skills, railways, roads, Jal Shakti, electricity and coal for n to name a few. This keeps in mind that every sector today has become largely dependent on scientific technology, he said.

The new initiative was launched by Dr Jitendra Singh in mid-September this year, where representatives from all science departments, including science and technology, earth sciences, atomic energy, l space / ISRO, CSIR and Biotechnology, separately participated in an extensive brainstorming with each of the different Indian government departments to determine which scientific applications could be used in which sector. During this meeting, the Minister stressed the need for integrated thematic projects instead of specific projects based on the ministry or department.

Dr Jitendra Singh said the original idea was suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who not only has a natural predilection for science, but is also willing to support and promote science and technology initiatives and projects.

Under the leadership of Dr Jitendra Singh, Senior Scientific Advisor, Government of India, Professor K Vijaya Raghavan has so far chaired 13 meetings with relevant departments / ministries and S&T departments and identified five themes for the meeting.

(i) Energy and climate change mitigation,

(ii) Infrastructures and Industries;

(iii) Agriculture, food and nutrition

(iv) Education, Skills and Social Empowerment;

(v) Health.

The meetings focused on solution-oriented research, the public R&D system, responding to the challenges of line ministries, improving the economic competitiveness of industries and providing government services to citizens. Likewise, line ministries were asked to identify needs and use their R&D budgets for goal-oriented research in coordination with S&T departments.

Senior Government Scientific Advisor Professor K Vijaya Raghavan, DG, CSIR and DSIR Secretary, Secretaries of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Biotechnology and other senior scientists attended the meeting. today. ISRO President and Secretary of the Department of Space, Dr K Sivan and Dr KNVyas, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission joined the meeting virtually.

(With inputs from GDP)

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