Use vernacular languages to promote science among youth, Modi tells scientists
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for vernacular languages to promote science with youth, saying language should be a facilitator and not a barrier.india Updated: Jan 01, 2018 17:43 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged scientists in India to use vernacular languages to “promote an understanding and love of science in our youth”.
“Language should not be a barrier but a facilitator in this task,” Modi said.
Modi was speaking at the opening ceremony of the year-long commemoration of Satyendra Nath Bose’s 125th birth anniversary at the SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in Kolkata through video conference.
The centre was established in 1986 to honour the life and work of Bose. The scientist born in 1894 did pioneering work in laying the foundations of quantum statistics and modern atomic theory.
The word ‘boson’ was named after Bose to honour his contribution to the Bose-Einstein statistics, a work he did with Albert Einstein to define the general properties of all bosons.
The Prime Minister described Bose as a “crusader” for teaching science in vernacular languages.
“I have learnt about his accomplishment which is far ahead of his times and society. We have a lot to learn from the life and works of Acharya SN Bose. He was a self-taught scholar. He succeeded despite many constraints - including the lack of formal research education and little connectivity with the global scientific community,” Modi said.
“The fundamental importance of his work may be gauged from the fact that several Nobel Prizes in physics have been awarded subsequently to researchers carrying forward his ideas to diverse physical applications,” he added.
The Prime Minister also said that those associated with science and technology must focus their innovation and research towards building a new India.
“Our country’s scientists will continue to give us creative technological solutions with their out of box thinking, in order to make lives of people easier,” he said.
Over 100 outreach lectures have been planned in schools and colleges and competitions to explore solutions to the 125 scientifically challenging problems as part of the celebration.
Experts, however, say it is a tall ask in a country where the medium of instruction in some of the premier science institutions remains English and reporting on science issues in vernacular languages is limited.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: Jan 01, 2018 13:22 IST