Ringed by multiple layers of security, Manipur University (MU) and Luwangpokpa cricket ground are gearing up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit on Friday.
Modi paid tributes to senior and renowned Indian scientists Prof Yashpal, Prof UR Roa and Baldev Raj, who passed away in last one year.
Modi said that it was important that scientific discoveries and breakthrough should be made known to the youth of the nation, so there's a lot of excitement in them to join the field of sciences. This would accelerate the spread of science in society, he said at the 105th Indian Science Congress. Moreover PM Narendra Modi further informed that the Government of India has sanctioned ten India Reserve Battalions for the North Eastern States, which include two battalions for Manipur.
Modi said the country has to be "future ready" in implementing technologies vital for the growth and prosperity of the nation. "Science is after all, a means to a far greater end - of making a difference in the lives of others, of furthering human progress and welfare", he said.
"The time is also ripe, to commit ourselves to facilitate Ease of Living for 125 crore Indians, through the power as well as potential of science and technology", Prime Minister added.
The Prime Minister recalled that it was in April 1944, in Manipur, that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's INA gave the clarion call for freedom. For the first time in its history, it was rescheduled to March 16-March 20 and its venue was moved to the Manipur University after the Osmania University administration said it would not be able to host the event fearing agitations on campus.
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An "Ethno Medicinal Research Centre" has been set up in Manipur. It has been led by some of India's tallest scientists, such as Acharya JC Bose, CV Raman, Meghnad Saha and SN Bose.
The last science congress was held at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh in January this year. One of the highest bridges in the world having height of 141 meters is being built on Jiribam-Imphal new line project, a tunnel of 11.5 kms length on the same route will be another milestone feature of this project, he added. The Minister underlined that the process of "brain drain" has been reversed into "brain gain" with hundreds of scientists returning to serve the Nation.
He even urged the scientists take a challenge to come up with a more efficient solar module, which can be produced in India at the same cost.
The Minister said that the Ministries of Science & Technology, Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Earth Sciences now work in close coordination.
PM Modi will also be addressing a public gathering at Luwangshangbam in the vicinity of Imphal West district.
ISCA general president Achyuta Samanta said almost 12,000 delegates, scientists and academicians attend the ISC, but this time the number will dip to 5,000.