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Scientists exhorted to have social sensitivity

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Ivory tower approach will not help scientific community meet the requirements of society, says Karnataka Governor Ivory tower approach will not help scientific community meet the requirements of society, says Karnataka Governor


  • Space technology and atmospheric sciences provide valuable information on soil conditions and weather forecasting
  • Chairman of PRL Council (ISRO) Padma Bhushan U.R. Rao enlists rapid strides made in the fields of education, telemedicine, e-Commerce and e-Governance
  • Karnataka Governor presents the Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership Award to Mr. U.R. Rao



    BEFITTING HONOUR: Karnataka Governor T.N. Chaturvedi giving away the Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership Award to chairman of PRL Council, ISRO, U.R. Rao at Tirupati on Friday.

    TIRUPATI: The Karnataka Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, has underscored the need for a scientist to have social sensitivity in order to tune his discoveries to suit the aspirations of the common man.

    Speaking at a programme organised by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI) here on Friday, he said that an ivory tower approach would not help the scientific community achieve the goal of meeting the requirements of society.

    Valuable inputs

    Lauding the country's initiatives on the space front, Mr. Chaturvedi said the space technology and atmospheric sciences had been of immense use to society in providing valuable inputs like soil conditions and weather forecasting to enable determination of a suitable agriculture pattern. He also maintained that none needed be skeptical of India's technical know-how, as the country was capable of meeting all exigencies.

    Delivering the fourth Rajiv Gandhi memorial lecture on "Space technology for poverty alleviation and sustainable development," the Chairman of PRL Council, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Padma Bhushan U.R. Rao, enlisted the advances made by the country in the area of space that had a direct bearing on various facets of society.

    Better facilities

    In this connection, he explained the strides being made by EduSat in the field of education, TeleMedicine in bringing succour to the needy, e-Commerce in bringing good returns even to the small traders and the e-Governance initiatives aimed at providing better facilities for citizens. He felt that the science and technology would have no relevance if they were not brought to the reach of the society. Summing up, he said that the space technology had succeeded in providing the average Indian a window to the outside world.

    Earlier, Mr. Chaturvedi presented the Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding Leadership Award to Padma Bhushan U.R. Rao. Former Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, P. Upendra, released copies of the first and second Rajiv Gandhi memorial lectures, while D. Narayana Rao, Director, National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) presided. Earlier, D. Sundar Ram, Director, AGRASRI welcomed the dignitaries.

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