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PM lays emphasis on renewable energy, innovation

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 7:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed on renewable energy, innovation in the field of research and develop scientific temper among students while addressing budding scientists during inauguration of the permanent campus of National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) at Jatni on the outskirts of the Odisha capital.

Pic Courtesy: www.ananth.org
Pic Courtesy: www.ananth.org

Beginning his address with “Jai Jagannath” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I am honoured to dedicate an institute of such reputation to the nation. Odisha has a greater scope in harvesting solar energy as it is the land of Sun God and Konark Temple is the testimony to it.”

During his address at the premier research institute, he stressed on the conservation of energy. “If LED lights are used in street lighting in at least 100 cities, we can save around 20, 000 MW energy.”

“A lot of things were reported about the COP21 summit which concluded recently. An interesting development took place there. There is availability of 300 days solar energy in 122 countries of the world. In view of this, it was decided that India, America, France along with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will invest in solar energy and India will be the headquarters of International Solar Alliance,” Modi exuded.

The prime minister praised the contribution of scientists in the field of innovation and technology.

“Innovation is the need of the hour and is essential for every society and every generation. But the peril of science should not have its impact on life and environment,” he said.

Developing technology is no big deal. But, technology has to be affordable and sustainable. We should have zero effect, zero defect technology, he added.

“The premier research education institute will promote scientific education and research in Odisha and will draw more students to take up study of basic sciences. I urge NISER to initiate steps for developing scientific temper among school students” Modi expressed.

Besides, he advised the students of NISER to conduct workshop and seminars to provide exposure to school science teachers of Odisha.

Modi also called upon students to make the campus a green campus. “Can we make this campus a green campus in three years?” Modi asked.

Elaborating on bringing about revolution, the prime minister said: “We need Saffron Revolution, Green Revolution, White Revolution and Blue Revolution to take the nation forward.”

NISER Director Professor Chandrasekhar, Governor SC Jamir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Tribal Affairs Ministers Jual Oram, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani among others were present on the occasion.