Chennai, January 12, 2017: I am happy that Swami Vivekananda’s birthday is being commemorated as National Youth Day. Swami Vivekananda had always urged the young people to become masters in their respective fields and serve the nation effectively. Attracting and retaining youth in agriculture is a national priority since agriculture promotes job-led economic growth. Our youth require both intellectual satisfaction and economic opportunities. I hope the National Youth Day will lead to every Panchayat developing an integrated plan for enabling youth to contribute to national progress. Also, programmes like Every Child a Scientist initiated by MSSRF are important for promoting scientific temper. Also, facility should be available for lifelong learning since there is a rapid progress in science and technology as well as in industry, agriculture and medicine. Swami Vivekananda has shown how with dedication, the youth of the country can become agents of change both in social, and economic areas.
I am glad that a Youth Science Congress is being held every year to promote opportunities for young scientists to become leaders in their fields. This years’ Youth Science Congress will be held at Mumbai from Feb 16-18, 2017 under the auspices of the University of Mumbai.
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.