Dr Harsh Vardhan, union minister for science and technology, was at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Sector 30, a laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), on Saturday, for a meeting with divisional heads, scientists and representatives of industry.
He said that India has an extraordinary potential helped by the wisdom that is a gift of our history and the country has to become 'vishav guru' in every field. In January this year as well, during the 102nd Indian Science Congress, he had claimed that it was an Indian who discovered the Pythagoras theorem and algebra but the credit is given to foreigners.
"Every lab should be able to give breaking news. We have great capability. Why haven't we produced another CV Raman yet? The whole country needs to come out of its casual demeanour …We should take pride in every breakthrough," he said.
When asked about brain drain from the country, he said that the reverse had already started happening and the trend is changing but refused to provide any numbers to support his argument.
When asked why the post of director of CSIO was vacant for one-and-half-years, he replied that the new director would join on June 1 and the acting director has the same powers as those of director. "The work does not suffer even if there is no director," he said.
On vacancies in research laboratories, he replied, "In such organisations, selection process is not routine. It takes a lot of time."
On his ministry's efforts towards the 'Make in India' campaign, he said, "We have met industrialists, researchers and scientists. We want to make 'Make in India' possible. We want to simplify rules and regulations and remove bottlenecks … We want to improve the economy and industrial growth with the help of the campaign … The problems of industrialists who want to compete in international market need to be managed. Brainstorming sessions need to be carried out."
He made it clear before the start of press conference to keep questions limited to his ministry and no political question should be asked.
On Head-Up Display (HUD)
The minister said that CSIR-CSIO have a head start by having already delivered in the complex, a multi-disciplinary area of 'Head-Up Display' (HUD) - a transparent display system which allows the viewing of data without requiring the viewer to look away from the main control - which is vital in a combat aircraft.
"The Prime Minister is aware that we have arrived in the select club of HUD possessing technology. I am glad to announce that CSIR-CSIO scientists are working on complex opto-mechatronic systems for advanced HUD and related systems," he said.
Therefore, the Minister has coined a new name for the thrust - 'Balashali' -to unite the scientists working in varied disciplines for the benefit of the defence sector.
"Next generation HUD will result in significant improvement in intensity, resolution, better focus, while simultaneously maintaining good image quality with budgetary constraints on weight, volume and foot print. This has exciting foreign collaboration possibilities," he said.