|Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay
My Colleague Union Minister Dr. Harshvardhan ji,
Her Excellency Ms. Anna Ekstrom, Minister from Sweden,
Deputy Chief Minister Shri Nitinbhai Patel ji,
Distinguished Nobel Laureates,
Dr. Goran Hansson, Vice-President of the Nobel Foundation,
Ladies and gentlemen!
Let me first congratulate the Department of Biotechnology, Government of
India, the Government of Gujarat and the Nobel Media, who have brought
this exhibition to Science City for five weeks.
I declare the exhibition open and hope you will all have an opportunity
to experience it.
The Nobel Prize is the world’s recognition at the highest level for
creative ideas, thought and work on fundamental science.
Earlier, there have been occasions when one, two or three Nobel
Laureates have visited India and had interactions with students and
scientists in a limited manner.
But, today, we are making history by having a galaxy of Nobel Laureates
I extend a hearty welcome to all the Laureates present here. You are
valued friends of India. Some of you have been here earlier several
times. One of you was born here and actually grew up in Vadodara!
I am delighted to see so many of our young students here today. I ask
all of you to urge all your friends and family to visit the Science City
over the coming weeks.
Our students will cherish this extraordinary experience of interacting
with you. It will inspire them to undertake new and significant
challenges that hold the key to our shared sustainable future.
I am very hopeful that this exhibition and this Series will become a
strong link between you and our students, science-teachers and our
My Government has a clear vision of where we want India to be in the
next 15 years. Science and Technology is the pivot on which that vision
will translate into strategy and action.
Our vision in Science and Technology Is to make sure that opportunity is
available to all our youth. That training and future preparedness should
make our youth employable in the best places. That India should be a
great science destination. That we should take major inspirational
challenges such as deep sea exploration and Cyber Systems.
We have a plan that will take this vision through action.
Our scientists have been asked to develop programmes on science teaching
in our schools across the country. This will also involve training
At the next level they have been asked to create new programmes both in
skilling and high-tech training.
These programmes will make you employable in the new knowledge economy
and make you effective entrepreneurs and thinking scientists. You will
be able to compete for positions and jobs here and anywhere in the
Next, our scientists will link our laboratories in cities. You can share
ideas, seminars and resources and equipment. This will allow us to do
more and better collaborative science.
Our science agencies will expand science-driven entrepreneurship and
commercialisation in a big way in each state according to local needs.
Your start-ups and industry can then compete globally.
These seeds must be planted this year and we will then see fruits come
My young friends, you are the future of India and the world. India
offers an enabling and unique opportunity of a large demographic
dividend and the best teachers.
Young students, you are the streams that charge the wells of knowledge
and expertise. Your training and your future is what this is all about.
Thanks to science and technology, the human race has flourished. Large
numbers are enjoying a quality of life unparalleled in human history.
Yet India has a great challenge to raise many from poverty. You will be
scientists soon and must not neglect this challenge.
The maturity of our science will also be judged by a responsible
treatment of our planet by the wise use of Science and Technology.
You will be scientists soon and the guardians of the planet.
We must have clear outcomes from the Nobel Exhibition and the Science
Globally, science & technology has emerged as one of the major drivers
of socio-economic development. In the fast growing Indian economy, there
are increasing expectations for scientific interventions.
There are three outcomes I would like to see from the Nobel Prize
First, follow up with students and their teachers. The students and
teachers here have come through a national ‘Ideathon’ competition and
hail from all over the country. Do not lose track of them.
During the exhibition period, you may also have sessions for school
teachers from all over Gujarat.
Second, stimulate entrepreneurship locally. There is a great
entrepreneurial zeal amongst our youth.
Our science ministries have incubators here in Gujarat. In the next five
weeks, you should have a workshop on how cutting edge science and
technology-driven start-ups can be boosted.
I am told that there are about ten Nobel Prize winning discoveries that
have gone into the making of a smart phone.
Prize winning Physics can both save electricity bills and the planet.
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was for the BLUE LED. This came from
basic research by three Japanese scientists Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura.
When combined with the previously known RED and GREEN LED, white light
devices can be made that last a hundred thousand hours.
There are many such exciting discoveries being made that we can apply
Third, impact on society
Many Nobel Prize winning discoveries have had a huge impact on our
society through health and agriculture.
For example, precision medicine using the tools of gene-technologies is
now a reality.
We must use this tool to study cancer, diabetes and infectious diseases.
India is already a generics and bio-similar leader, with a major hub in
Gujarat, but we must now strive to become a leader in new bio-tech
discoveries as well.
I am happy that this Exhibition has been planned at the Science City
which connects community to science.
It is an ideal platform to engage citizens to learn about solutions to
global challenges we face.
We will strive to make this Science City a truly attractive, world-class
place for young students and science teachers from all over the country
and the world to come and be inspired by the exhibits. Centre and State
should collaborate and take up this challenge this year.
My young friends!
The Laureates represent the peaks of science and you must learn from
them. But remember that the peak rises from great mountain ranges and
does not stand alone.
You are the foundation and the future of India. You should build new
ranges from which the peaks will arise. If we focus on the foundation,
in our schools and colleges and through teachers all miracles can
happen. There will be hundreds of peaks from India. But, if we neglect
the hard work at the base no peak will magically appear.
Be inspired and be daring, have courage and be your own person and not
imitative. That is how our honoured guests succeeded and that is what
you should learn from them.
I take this opportunity to thank the Nobel Media Foundation, the
Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Government of
Gujarat for organising such an innovative programme.
I wish this exhibition a grand success and I am sure that you will all
benefit from it.