Newdelhi:5/11/22:Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh today said that Science has turned yesterday’s fairy tales into today’s reality and therefore optimum mix of traditional knowledge with modern research can result in outcomes beyond imagination.
The Minister recalled that when he was a child, there was only radio and nobody had heard of television but his teacher used to wishfully say that one day we might be able to see the face of the news-reader on the radio. Similarly, when Sarabhai started the Space programme, most of us in India sang nursery rhymes about the moon without ever imagining that one-day Indian missions will land on the surface of the moon, he added.
Veteran RSS Ideologue Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami, Jitender Joshi, Chancellor of Uttaranchal University, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Prof Ajay Kumar Sood, Chairman ISRO, S. Somanath, Secretary Science & Technology, Dr S. Chandrasekhar, Secretary, Biotechnology, Dr. Rajesh S Gokhale and Professors, Lecturers and Students joined the inaugural event.
Giving the example of the opening up of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) database to users, besides patent offices in August this year as a new dawn for Indian traditional knowledge, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it will be linked with modern knowledge and provide value addition to common users. He said, it also underlines the fact that without getting swayed by the fanciful stories or romanticism of the past or the ancient times, how best one can extract what is relevant to modern times and this the crux of the Panchamahabhhoot-combining ancient wisdom with modern science.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, he is looking forward to new thoughts on various dimensions of Akash Tattva during the Dehradun Conclave as about 35 eminent speakers will share their perspectives in the three-day conclave. The Minister said the main aim of the conclave is to expose the youth of India to the wisdom of ancient science along with modern scientific advancements.
ISRO and all major scientific ministries and departments are joining hands with Vijnana Bharati to organize this National conference. Vijnana Bharati is a dynamic Science Movement with a Swadeshi Spirit, interlinking traditional and modern sciences on the one hand, and natural and spiritual sciences on the other hand.
The campaign ‘Sumangalam’ is being organised across the country for finding the solutions to the environmental problems like global warming and climate with an Indian perspective. From the point of view of Indian traditional knowledge systems, five national conventions will be held across the country on the Panchmahabhoot – the five elements for solving environmental issues for the betterment of society. We all are aware that anchamahabhoota’s consist of Aakash, Vaayu Jal, Prithvi and Agni.