Himachal Pradesh Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar said on Monday that the real use of science should be in the interest of society.
Addressing the National Science Day at CSIR – Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur in Kangra district, the Governor said the world recognized the scientific discovery of eminent scientist CV Raman on that day and that the country was proud of the “Raman effect” it gave. .
“Science is part of life, still today many scientific discoveries correspond to the ideas of our ancestors. Somewhere our mental slavery forces us to think that it is today’s search. But, the search for our sages and saints is just as effective today, which the world now accepts,” he added.
Arlekar said that we have connected spirituality with science so that science can be used for humanity. It was a prestigious laboratory of the main organization of the country, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The theme for this year’s National Science Day was “An Integrated Approach to Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future” and he expressed satisfaction that this institute has engaged in this area by developing and disseminating technologies relevant to the people of Himachal and other hill states as well as the country.
He expressed satisfaction that the research work of CSIR-IHBT is carried out for the benefit of society and that most of the research is devoted to farmers. Society should benefit from scientific discoveries and this should be the goal of every scientist.
Sanjay Kumar, director of CSIR-IHBT, welcomed the governor on the occasion and said that the institute will continue to work for the benefit of the nation. CSIR-IHBT focuses on developing technologies to boost the bioeconomy through the sustainable use of Himalayan bioresources for societal, industrial and environmental benefits.
The institute has five major technology platforms including agrotechnology, biotechnology, chemical technology, nutritional diet technology and environmental technology to achieve its mandate, he added.
The governor laid the foundation stone for the institute’s new laboratory block. He also planted a young yellow bell tree on campus. The Governor also distributed seeds, medicinal plants and improved varieties of plants to farmers on this occasion.
The governor virtually dedicated six new oil distillation units installed in Mandi, Kangra and Chamba and also interacted with farmers in these regions via video conference.
On this occasion, two memorandums of understanding were signed for the transfer of technology in the presence of the Governor. He has also published institute publications from time to time.