The Curtain Raiser event of India International Science Festival (IISF) – 2020, held today on at Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), a DRDO laboratory at Leh-Ladakh. The event was organized as a virtual conference and was presided over by the Minister for Science & Technology, and Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Speaking on the occasion through online, Dr Harsh Vardhan briefed the audience about the importance and relevance of celebrating this festival and how science could lead India towards a developed nation within a short span of time. He asked all the stakeholders to promote and make science and technology reach every remote location of the country. He further emphasized the importance of S&T in realizing the theme of 6th IISF to “make India self-reliant and contribute to global welfare”. He also congratulated DIHAR for its contribution towards improving the agro-animal development of Ladakh region.
Lt Governor of Ladakh UT, R K Mathur in his address briefed about the role of Science & Technology to improve the socio-economic standard of the population as well as it’s an inherent capacity to reach every corner of the country, irrespective of challenging physical boundaries. He further said that this is relevant for the Ladakh region’s life, where the prevailing harsh environment throws a greater challenge for the sustenance of humans and animal. He stated that S&T has immensely helped to make life in Ladakh more comfortable for the general public and remunerative for the local farmers. In this area contributions of DIHAR are commendable.
The Ladakh MP JamyangTsering Namgyal, in his address, appreciated the contributions of DIHAR in developing suitable technologies to increase the availability of vegetable diversity in Ladakh and said that endeavours of utilizing the potential of S&T have to be disseminated in various other domains and far-flung locations.
Secretary, DD R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy sent his wishes to the organisers and the scientific community for this large festival of science and technology. Dr AK Singh, DG (Life Sciences) in DRDO emphasized upon strengthening S&T to find local solutions to the prevailing local problems.
The event witnessed participation via online media from diverse areas like administration, policy, education, agriculture, entrepreneurship and students.