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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 26.08.2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the new laboratory and addressed the scientists of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) today (August 26, 2013) at Indian Institute of Petroleum, Mohkampur, Dehradun.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Science and technology is duly recognized as the vehicle to take India into the front ranking nations of the world. He stated that we have to make the forces of science, technology and innovation partners in our progress. Our future development depends on our ability to devise efficient processes for the industrial sector and better solutions for governance, he added.

The President said that though innovation is a long standing feature of our civilization; though there is no dearth of ingenuity in our people; we today lag behind the advanced nations in innovation activity. A new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, adopted this year, seeks to mobilize all forces for India’s transition to a knowledge powerhouse. He said that our innovations should aim at converting knowledge into economic wealth and social good. It is heartening to note that CSIR has started a mission called CSIR-800 to develop technologies, products and services for the benefit of the poor, he added.

The President said that in his recent Address to the Nation on the eve of the Independence Day this year, he had mentioned that the balance between man and nature must be maintained. The recent deluge in Uttarakhand is a wakeup call for all of us. We need energy to sustain growth but it has to be ecologically safe. It also has to be affordable for our countrymen. These are the defining parameters for developing future technologies.

This release issued at 1800 hrs