Kalam inaugurates Children Science Congress

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 12:13 hrs

Kolkata, Jan 4 (IBNS) The Children Science Congress was inaugurated by former President of India Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam at S.N.Bose National Center for Basic Sciences in Kolkata on Friday.

Kalam asked the young buds present on the occasion to take science as a life mission with excellence in thinking and action by striving to work with their utmost potential .

"I would like to focus on importance of two great needs: Value to science and scientific magnanimity. He also spoke about energy conservation and building scientific temperament," said Kalam.

He said: "History has proven that those who dare to imagine the impossible are the ones who break all human limitations. In every field of human endeavor, whether science, medicine, sports, the arts, or technology, the names of the people who imagined the impossible and achieved are engraved in our history. By breaking the limits of their imagination, they changed the world."

He also referred to the recent development by two teams at the CERN Laboratory towards the discovery of the "God Particle" , a popular name for an elementary particle called Higgs Boson, named after great scientist Peter Higgs.

"Already some progress is being made in this direction in 2011, and it may be possible that within the next few year, we would be able to understand better about the God's Particle and unravel the mystery of why matter exists and how universe came into being," he said.

"I am sure, some of you, as scientists of tomorrow would be finding such sub-atomic, fundamental physics as a research area for your scientific pursuits and would play a vital role in discovering more about this unique area of particle physics," said Kalam.
Presiding over the session, Union Science & Technology and Earth Science Minster S.Jaipal Reddy said the future of India will be shaped by the emerging force, the youth of the nation.

Reddy said Kalam, apart from making signal contributions in the field of technology and public life, has made abstruse subjects like science and technology inspiring for children and youth in their impressionable years.

"Nobody has proved to be a greater source of positive energy and soaring inspiration than him in recent years," he said.

The Minster said: "We have a dynamic, developed and diversified industrial and service sectors, established on the strength of our own techno-entrepreneurial talents. Our technological achievements are substantial and in certain areas, these are world class."

"The country today has over 700 R&D, technical and development centres of the top global companies, employing over 150,000 scientists and engineers. This confidence of global majors in our youth has given fillip to some of India's best and talented young technocrats to become first generation technopreneurs.

"And, most importantly, all of this has been achieved in a framework of a vibrant pluralistic democracy," said Reddy.

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