The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu has said that the real purpose of Science and Technology and Research is to make human lives better. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Facility for Research in Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics (FRENA) at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkata, today. Shri Bratya Basu, Hon’ble Minister of Information & Technology, IT, Govt. of West Bengal and other dignitaries were present at the venue .The Vice President said that one should always be thankful Farmers, Scientists and soldiers for their service to the nation. We must recognize and respect them for their great service- Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan & Jai Vigyan, he said.
The Vice President said that Professor Meghnad Saha was a great astrophysicist, visionary and science reformer and said that his visionary genius is evident in the reorganization of the physics syllabus of the university and plans to build a cyclotron. The Vice President said that Prof. Saha’s initiative to introduce the pre-PhD course, the first of its kind in the country to train M.Sc students for PhD was truly impressive. It is really noteworthy that only recently the UGC has realized the importance of such a bridging course and made it mandatory for all universities, he said.The Vice President went around the research facilities in the institute and lauded the accomplishments of scientists, faculty members. My interaction with the members of the institute convinced me that there is so much that has been accomplished and that the grand tradition of learning, research, teaching and innovating will continue with renewed vigour and persistent passion, he said.