Asserting that the world also takes a leap ahead when India prospers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the clarion call for an 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' includes a vision of global welfare and sought support of the Indian diaspora to realise this dream.
He also underlined the need to amplify the rich history of Indian science and said many historical questions have been solved with the help of science over the last century.
"India's clarion call of an 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India) includes a vision of global welfare. To realise this dream, I invite you all and seek your support," Modi said at the inauguration of the Vaishvik Bhartiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit, a global virtual summit of overseas and resident Indian researchers and academicians being organised from October 2-31, 2020.
"Recently India introduced pioneering space reforms. These reforms provide opportunities for both industry and the academia," Modi said while listing numerous steps taken by his government to boost science, research and innovation.
He further said the government wants top-class scientific research to help the farmers. "Our agricultural research scientists have worked hard to ramp up our production of pulses. Today we import only a very small fraction of our pulses. Our food-grain production has hit a record high," he said. Modi further said his government is encouraging indigenous vaccine production. "Four new vaccines were introduced into our immunisation programme in 2014 including an indigenously developed Rotavirus vaccine," he said.