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Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology visited IACS on 7th December, 2009
and laid the foundation of the new campus of IACS at Baruipur.

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Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology visited IACS on 7th December, 2009 and laid the foundation of the new campus of IACS at Baruipur. At the outset, Hon’ble Minister offered floral tributes the statue of the founder Dr. M. L. Sircar.

Inaugurating the meeting, Professor S. K. Joshi, Chairman of the Council of IACS recalled the glorious past of IACS. He mentioned that IACS is the oldest research institute of the country and was the only institute which has produced a Nobel Prize in Science. Sir C. V. Raman discovered the Raman Effect in 1928 for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930. Prof. Joshi stated that Raman announced the discovery on 28th February 1928 and for this reason 28 February is celebrated as the National Science Day in India. He eulogised the roles of Krishnan, Saha, Bose and others in nurturing and developing IACS. In his welcome address, Prof. K. Bhattacharyya, Director, proudly informed the Hon’ble minister that among all DST funded institutes, IACS produced the largest number of papers and Ph.D.-s. Recounting a Marathi connection with IACS, he recalled that Ana, a 17-year old Marathi girl had appreciated M.L. Sircar’s efforts to inculcate a scientific spirit in the people of India and called him “ Baba” . Also the Maharashtra Association for Cultivation of Science was inspired by IACS which eventually gave birth to the Agarkar Institute. The Director emphasized that the prime goal of IACS was to pursue basic research “ with a view to its applications to the art and comforts of life” , which was the wish of the founder. He stressed the need for generating more space and hoped that the Hon’ble Minister and Government of India would support IACS generously to develop the new campus. Dr. Praveer Asthana, Adviser, DST and Head, Autonomous Cell said that it was sheer “ Providence” that the Minister decided to visit IACS as the first DST institute where “ it all began.”

After laying the foundation stone of the new campus the Minister began his speech by describing IACS as a “Knowledge hotspot” and the city of Kolkata as the centre of Indian renaissance. He announced that Government of India is giving special emphasis to science for security in Energy, Food and Water. He stated that the Government was keen to increase research budget from 1% of GDP to 2% of GDP with participation from private organizations also. He also described the INSPIRE program which was intended to attract good students to basic science. He congratulated IACS for its excellent performance. However, he stressed the need for applications and patents.

Following the meeting, Hon’ble minister visited 12 exhibits presented by the young scientists of IACS, BI and SNBNCBS and showed keen interest in their works. In his message to IACS the Hon’ble Minister described his experience as a “pilgrimage to the highest temple of science.”                                                                         


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