Kolkata: Geneva based CERN, the world's premier high-energy physics research body, wants more Indian scientists to join them in research and other positions.
The director-general of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Rolf-Dieter Heuer, who was here in the city to attend a conference said: "I am looking forward to see more young Indian fellows coming to CERN, not only as research scholars but also the engineers or technical people."
"India has a good potential and it is a science based nation. Moreover India is now not only an associate member, but a stakeholder as well-with CERN's ongoing experiments at the Large Hadron Collider."
Rolf-Dieter Heuer is participating in a two day multidisciplinary conference titled 'Frontiers of Science' which commenced in Kolkata from Monday to discuss about the issue of the response of the Indian scientific and industrial community to the present day challenges with its global role in science and technology.
Speaking about his experience of the momentous development in science, the discovery of Higgs Boson (God particle), the famous scientist said: "Scientifically it was great development. For me, emotionally it was an intense moment. It was interesting to see the attention of the media and public that it drew."
"We all benefited from this discovery. This kind of discoveries is made in every 20 or 30 years. There are so many young people in India, who are interested in science. I think this discovery will help them to a great extent."
Another Indian scholar working at CERN, Sudeshna Datta-Cockrill, speaking about India's association with CERN, said: "Many Indian scientists work in CERN as India is now an associate member of CERN in the experiments."
She also claimed that many Indian students join CERN's summer training programme.
The conference witnessed the various sessions addressed by the leading scientists from CERN, Geneva and FAIR (Facility for Anti Proton Ion Research), Germany and also the leading Indian scientists from various institutes of India.
(Reporting by Shreejata Niyogi)