DST must invest in sectors that contribute to global warming: Secretary

The 51-year anniversary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) provides an opportunity to introspect the degree to which the Department’s mandate has been achieved and to formulate the way forward, DST Secretary Dr S Chandrasekhar during the 52nd Foundation Day celebrations.

“DST was established to build a scientific platform for funding S&T research in the country. Later, research translation was also included in the mandate. The Department succeeded in coordinating S&T across the country through support for R&D and S&T translation. It has successfully contributed to S&T to overcome the pandemic. However, new challenges are emerging and the Department needs to prepare to help the country cope with these challenges”, underlined the secretary of the DST.

Taking the challenge of global climate change as an example, Dr Chandrasekhar said DST must invest in sectors that contribute to global warming. “We need to be smarter, more aware of the challenges and develop the best sustainable technologies. We need to do our homework on how to do our job better and better,” he added.

Dr. Chadrasekhar appreciated the efforts of all divisions and stand-alone institutions, INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) and other programs that have “inspired” stakeholders ranging from students at different levels, researchers , scholars and professors, the women’s programs that touched many lives, the SERB that helped attract talent, and the TDB that helped translate R&D and ideas to benefit people.

“We are fortunate to work in an industry whose effect is everlasting and global. The vaccine produced here and the technology developed here may have applications in different parts of the world. So we need to think about ways that can help us achieve the benefits of S&T more effectively,” the DST Secretary emphasized.

Stressing that the DST has been the parent department, Dr. M Ravichandran, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said there is a need for the two departments to work more closely and in areas where they can complement each other.

Prizes were distributed to employees of the Department who had won the various competitions ranging from cricket to music, through the quiz and poetry. A cricket bat and wickets developed by NECTAR, an autonomous institution of DST, were presented to the winners of the cricket tournament.

Senior Advisor, Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Shri Vishvajit Sahay, Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor, Shri Sunil Kumar, Jt Secretary, Dr. Nisha Mendiratta, Head of Climate Change Program and WISE-KIRAN Division attended the program , attended by directors of institutions as well as heads of the DST.

(With GDP entries)

Teresa H. Sadler