Chennai, February 28, 2017: To commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect by Nobel Laureate Sir C V Raman, 28th Feb of each year is celebrated as the National Science Day. On this day, there should be considerable effort in promoting scientific temper among our people. Irrational prejudices should give way to mutual understanding and respect. Jawaharlal Nehru rightly said that “the future belongs to science and to those who make friendship with science”.
C V Raman has been a role model for all scientists. He not only did outstanding science but took the trouble to communicate his work both to the public and professionals, students in particular should receive attention. C V Raman showed how with limited and low cost equipment great discoveries can be made. This is the message which our young scientists should absorb, since equipment alone will not help to advance the frontiers of knowledge. Similarly, the heads of our universities and scientific institutions should give more attention to brain than to brick giving priority to faculty development. At the same time, we should take pride in our scientific achievements like the recent ISRO satellite launch. Farmer’s success in changing the history of our agriculture through the green revolution is also an area which needs recognition. Let the National Science Day prove to be an occasion where we will harness modern science and technology for eliminating hunger and poverty from our country.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.