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Solution-based scientific approach required to address societal, developmental challenges: Vardhan

Solution-based scientific approach required to address societal, developmental challenges: Vardhan

By Amresh K Srivastava

Kolkata, Nov 5 (UNI) As north India grappling with air pollution gasps for air, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said there is a need for solution based scientific approach to address societal and developmental challenges.

Addressing an event - 'Overseas Ministers and Diplomat Conclave" in the Indian International Science Festival, 2019 here, Mr Vardhan said the nation's Research & Development and academic institutions need to be globally connected to understand and incorporate best practices.

The Union Minister told the delegates from Britain, South Korea, Maldives, Bhutan, Myanmar and other participants that time has come to move from 'scientific research to scientific solutions' .

He also called for "international co-operation" in the field of science and technology, to make India "globally competitive".

"We believe that for Indian science to be globally competitive, the country needs to effectively leverage international collaborations...the Ministry of S&T and Earth Sciences are actively cooperating with 44 countries across the globe to achieve high quality and high impact research partnerships," the Minister said.

"We have to motivate more younger people to take up scientific research as their career choice and this is a challenge not only for us but also being faced by many countries...we need to connect the discovery science to solution science by taking the research out of the laboratories to the people, society and the market. This is the need of the hour."

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