Former PresidentPranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that almost all the Prime Ministers have had their contribution in promoting science and technology in the country.
"From the very beginning of our nation building, our leaders have emphasized on the role of science and technology," Mukherjee said at a book release event at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) here.
"Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru throughout his life, not only just as the Prime Minister, but his whole life, emphasized on creating scientific temperament among the common people," Mukherjee said while releasing the book "A Contribution in Time - India's Electronics Revolution" by former Union Minister M.M. Pallam Raju and his brother Anand Mallipudi on the life of their father and Indias first Electronics Minister, M.S. Sanjeevi Rao.
"It is fortunate for us that all the Prime Ministers of the country, Pandit Nehru in particular, Indiraji, Rajivji, Dr Manmohan Singh and many others have contributed in the development of science and technology," he added.
He said that the earliest leaders' emphasis on higher quality education in science has led to the establishment of IITs, NITs and scores of IISCs.
He said that when Rajiv Gandhi talked of easy communication through latest technology, many people did not believe him. However, the success India subsequently achieved in mobile phone density is "simply mind boggling".
Mukherjee said that for development in a vast country like India, application of science and technology is required.
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