New Delhi: Vice President Hamid
Ansari on Monday said that the potential of India as a global power,
its vision of inclusive growth and optimal utilization of the human
potential of all its citizens, cannot be realized without
encouraging greater participation in quality higher education and
Addressing at the presentation function of “Infosys Prize 2009″ in
the national capital, Ansari said that it needs to be done by
harnessing the resources and efforts of all stakeholders namely the
government, universities, national laboratories and institutes of
excellence, public and private sector companies, and even venture
“We do need new investments and incentives from the private sector
so that our young people will be encouraged increasingly to pursue
and thereafter seek a career in science,” Ansari said.
The Vice President further said that scientific research and
technological innovation is the key to a nation’s prosperity.
“Equally essential is scientific study of the past and present of
our society, and of its pursuit of material wellbeing. For this
reason, inculcating a scientific temper among citizens has been a
national goal since the time of our freedom movement. It was deemed
essential for political and economic emancipation of our people.
This is reflected in Article 51 A of our Constitution and the duty
it imposes on every citizen to “develop the scientific temper,
humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform”,” Ansari said.
“Our achievements in the knowledge industries, especially in
Information Technology, bio-technology and pharmaceutical
industries, have come about due to considerable public investment in
tertiary science and technology education. Our nuclear energy, space
and defence-related industry, and the Science and Technology
establishment, have created the demand for and incubated these
science and technology graduates, who thereafter either became
entrepreneurs or moved to the private sector,” he added.