Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India currently occupies an enviable position in the field of atomic energy and high-energy physics.
‘’Indian nuclear scientists are attracting global interest in their effort to develop a Fast Breeder Reactor. I expect the prototype under construction in Kalpakkam to be completed this year,’’ Dr Singh said in his address after inaugurating 101st Indian Science Congress at University of Jammu here. He said, ‘’it will be a great day for Indian science and technology because we will be one of the few countries in the world with leadership in a completely new area of nuclear technology that can contribute non-polluting electrical power’’.
The Prime Minister said India’s advances in meteorology were evident during the recent cyclone in Odisha, when we received accurate forecasts of the landfall point that were more accurate than the forecasts of
well known international bodies. ‘’Our decision to set up a new Ministry of Earth Sciences following the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 and to invest in world-class tsunami forewarning systems in 2007 has been amply rewarded,’’ he said, adding that India now have the ability to issue alerts within 13 minutes of a tsunami-genic event, which has established India’s scientific leadership in the Indian Ocean region.
In the last ten years, several national missions have been launched in the emerging priority areas of electronics, electric mobility and solar energy. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has leveraged Open Source Innovation for discovery of drugs and found a lead for TB, said the Prime Minister.