India can offer world the largest number of scientists: Anil Kakodker

Kolkata, Jan 6 (ANI): Eminent nuclear scientist Anil Kakodker has said India can offer world the largest number of scientists.

"India can offer world the largest number of scientists. Hence there should be no aspect of science we shall miss it out. Mega projects in the area of science are indispensable and essential," said Kakodker, while chairing the Plenary session on the subject" Mega Science in India' organized under the aegis of the 100th Indian Science Congress being held at Kolkata yesterday.

He said mega science programmes brings science and technology together, both the basic and applied sciences and encourages innovations.

"Also ,it is important to have the pursuit of scientific enterprises having some source in the Indian soil too," he added.

Kakodker said country like India can not ignore any aspect of science. It is necessary for answering some of the most fundamental questions

Appealing to involve cutting edge technology or technology of tomorrow, Kakodker said: "One can get hands on experience. India has significant experience. However in scientific terms they look disproportionately large. There is need to cultivate International cooperation in scientific ventures."

He also, laid emphasis on the importance of Human Resource Development programmes attached with each mega Science Projects in collaboration with the industry.

Bikash Sinha, the Homi Chair Professorship to the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), DAE, Kolkata spoke on the status of India in global mega dcience dcenario and mega science in India. Sinha gave an account of his work in the field of Quark Glucon Plasma.

He said India is now participating in a substantial way in many mega science facilities in the world such as CERN, FERMILAB, TRIUMF, RHIC, DESY and few others.

The other speaker was Dr. S.S.Hasan, former director, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangaluru (Karnataka), who deliberated on "National Mega Projects in Optical Astronomy".

He said two mega projects in optical astronomy have been proposed by the astronomy community in India;viz, the setting up of a National Large Solar Telescope and participation in the International 30 Metre Telescope Project. (ANI)

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