Nehru, children and the importance of science: Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, November 14, 2016: Today is the birthday of our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the day is celebrated as Children’s Day particularly because of his commitment to the education and wellbeing of children. Nehru also said that the future belongs to science, those who love science and promote scientific temper in the country. MSSRF has established two programmes for children. The ‘Every Child a Scientist’, is the first programme designed to empower children belonging to economically underprivileged sections in areas such as biodiversity conservation, climate change and overcoming malnutrition. The second programme is for visually impaired children, to help them to enjoy nature for which a touch and smell garden has been established. In addition, special computers have been installed for such handicapped children. On this day we need to promote widely, programmes designed to empower children. Also, special emphasis has to be made to overcome malnutrition in our country by establishing Genetic Gardens of Biofortified Plants.
(MSSRF File pic: A blind student in the touch and smell garden of MSSRF)
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.