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State should focus on IT: Prof Vasu

india Updated: Oct 27, 2006 15:52 IST

MADHYA PRADESH has been at the forefront in the progress of science and technology from ancient times and in today’s context there should be greater application of information technology, biotechnology, remote sensing and nano-technology.

Vigyan Bharti chairman Prof KI Vasu, who was the chief guest at the Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology (MPCST) symposium said here on Wednesday. The seminar on, ‘New dimensions and potentials of science and technology in the context of Madhya Pradesh’  was held on the council’s premises.

He said MPCST could play a vital role in carrying foreword ancient knowledge by popularising science and technology with the help of schools, colleges and universities.

Special guest on the occasion, Government of India Department of Science and Technology adviser Dr Laxman Prasad, underlined special attributes of Madhya Pradesh and stressed on the need to  focus more on agriculture, human resources, infrastructural and social development.

He assured MPCST of full cooperation from the Government of India for its endeavours in spreading science and technology. MPCST director general Dr Mahesh Sharma in his presidential address stressed on the need for judicious management and value addition of abundant natural resources. He said the council would popularise science and technology up to the tehsil level from next year.

On this occasion, a booklet shedding light on achievements of the council in the last 25 years was also released. Project director Dr NP Shukla conducted the inaugural session and resources scientist Tasnim Habib proposed the vote of thanks.

Inaugurating the technical session, RGPV Vice-Chancellor PB Sharma said to create a knowledge-based society in Madhya Pradesh RGPV and MPCST would work in tandem in educational institutions. 

Former DGs Dr Ramprasad, Dr Janardan Negi, Dr SN Dwivedi and special guests Navin Chandra, Dr Narendra Mehrotra and Dr KS Pandey also expressed their views on the session.

The second technical session was devoted to “Impact of science and technology on the life of Madhya Pradesh in coming years.” Jiwaji University former vice chancellor Professor RR Das presided over the session.

Representatives of voluntary organisations including Kutti Menon, Dr Ajay Narang, Arun Bhargava, Suresh Satpathi and Dr RP Singh expressed their views.