India will soon start world’s largest vaccination drive, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday India is on the threshold of starting the largest vaccination programme in the world, a day after the country formally approved the emergency use of two vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“The entire country is indebted to all scientists and technicians,” PM Modi said while addressing at the National Metrology Conclave via video conferencing.
PM Modi also dedicated the National Atomic Timescale, and Bhartiya Nirdeshak Dravya to the nation, and laid the foundation stone of the National Environmental Standards Laboratory. Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was also present on the occasion.
Pitching the Make In India programme, PM Modi said, “We do not want to fill the world with Indian products, but we must win the hearts of every customer of Indian products in every corner of the world. We’ve to make sure that ‘Made In India’ needs to have global demand as well as acceptance.”
PM Modi also asked scientists of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to discuss and converse with students of educational institutes in the country and share their experiences. “CSIR scientists should interact with more and more students of the country, share their experiences of the coronavirus period and the work done in this research field with the new generation,” PM Modi said.
This will help them in preparing a new generation of young scientists in the coming tomorrow, he added.
The Prime Minister lauded India’s position among the top 50 countries in the world in the Global Innovation Rankings and said basic research is also being emphasised in the country today. “In any progressive society, research is key and effective. Its effects are commercial, social and help widen our approach and thinking. Past teaches us that the more a country concentrates on science, the most it’s technology gets strengthened. This technology in turn helps new industries and promotes research. This cycle takes the country ahead,” PM Modi said.
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