DST needs to invest in all sectors contributing to new & emerging challenges like Climate Change: Secretary DST

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The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) 51st Foundation Day festivities today provide an opportunity to reflect on how far the Department’s mandate has been fulfilled and to chart a course for the future, according to Secretary DST Dr S Chandrasekhar.

“DST was set up to build a scientific platform for funding S&T research in the country. Later, translation of research was also included in the mandate. The Department has been successful in coordinating S&T across the country through support to R&D and translation in S&T. It was successful in contributing S&T for overcoming the pandemic. However, new challenges are emerging, and the Department has to gear itself up to help the country face these challenges,”

said DST Secretary.

Drawing the global climate change challenge as an example, Dr Chandrasekhar said that DST needs to invest in sectors that contribute to global warming. “We need to be more sensible, more conscious to challenges and develop the best of technologies that are sustainable. We need to do our homework about how to do our work better and better.”

Dr. Chadrasekhar praised the efforts of all divisions and autonomous institutions, as well as the INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) and other programmes that have ‘inspired’ stakeholders ranging from students at various levels, researchers, scholars, and faculty, as well as the women’s programmes that have touched many lives, the SERB, which has helped attract talents, and the TDB, which has assisted in the translation of R&D and ideas for the benefit of people.

“We are fortunate to work in a sector whose effect is eternal and all-encompassing. The vaccine produced here and the technology developed here can have applications in different parts of the world. Hence we need to think of ways that can help us reach the benefits of S&T in more effective ways,”

DST Secretary said.

Dr. M Ravichandran, Secretary Ministry of Earth Sciences, noted that DST is the mother department and that the two departments should collaborate more closely in areas where they can complement each other.

Prizes were awarded to Department employees who had won various competitions ranging from cricket to music, quizzes, and poetry. The champions of the cricket tournament received a cricket bat and wickets produced by NECTAR, a DST independent entity.

Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Senior Adviser, Shri Vishvajit Sahay, Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Shri Sunil Kumar, Jt Secretary, Dr Nisha Mendiratta, Head Climate Change Programme & WISE-KIRAN Division, and DST officials attended the programme.

Source: PIB

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