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The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the release of the Special Covers commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Department of Science &Technology (DST), in New Delhi on November 02, 2020. The Minister of State for Education, Communications and Information Technology, Shri Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao and other dignitaries are also seen.

Dr Harsh Vardhan highlights Prime Minister’s call for “Scientific Social Responsibility”

New Delhi:2/11/20: Union Minister for Science & Technology, Health & Family Welfare and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Posts, Education and Electronics & IT, Shri Sanjay Dhotre today released the Special Cover of Department of Posts for commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Department of Science &Technology (DST) at a function in New Delhi today.


Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan congratulated DST and said “Our scientists have proved their mettle in all fields of science at an international level, be it in Artificial Intelligence, Nano Technology, Data Analytics, Astro-Physics, Astronomy,  Atomic Clock, and many more areas”.  He revealed that today India has international collaboration with over 80 countries in various scientific areas.  He recalled that as the Science & Technology Minister for the last six years, he has visited each and every laboratory in the country and has seen with pride how our scientists work tirelessly irrespective of even adverse circumstances such as the one which the present Covid-19 situation has presented, to achieve new benchmarks.

Shri Sanjay Dhotre applauded the achievements of the DST and said the “Department of Posts also feels proud in providing Special Cover for the DST highlighting its immense achievements.” He said, “Our scientists have contributed a lion’s share in India’s development”.  He said, “With  reach of Department of Posts all across the country, this Special Cover will enable everyone to appreciate the role our scientists have played in taking the nation forward and benefitting the poor.” He said, “Department of Posts enjoys the tag of Most Trustworthy agency of the Government of India that connects all people, even in the most adverse situations.”  He requested the DST to work closely with the DoP to make it more people-friendly and faster in their delivery of services.

On the occasion, Secretary Department of Science and Technology (DST) Professor Ashutosh Sharma pointed out that the support provided by DST to India’s network of scientific institutions and it’s reaching out to a wide stakeholder base has played a crucial role in India’s international achievements in the scientific field which are evident with indicators like scoring of global third rank in scientific publications, rise in innovation index among others. This, he said, has been possible due to the contributions of scientists, students over the last 50 years which is commemorated in the postal cover. He expressed his eagerness to work with the postal department to bring about technological solutions for them. Shri Vineet Kumar Pandey, Director General (Posts), senior officials of DST, and DoP were present at the event.


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