Harsh Vard­han

MIN­IS­TER FOR SCIENCE & TECH­NOL­OGY AND EARTH SCI­ENCES

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | TECHNOLOGY -

IN THE PAST THREE years, In­dia has con­tin­ued its no­table progress in the fields of science and tech­nol­ogy. “The goal was to make the whole more

than the sum of its parts,” Dr Vard­han says, read­ing off a list of achieve­ments since he took charge in Novem­ber 2014. He’s par­tic­u­larly proud of the ethanol­from-biomass plant, now be­ing scaled up by oil com­pa­nies. An­other green ini­tia­tive on trial in Delhi’s Bara­pul­lah Drain uses biotech­nol­ogy to treat flow­ing sewage. Un­der the Na­tional Su­per­com­put­ing Mis­sion, launched in 2016, Vard­han re­veals plans for a su­per­com­put­ing grid for which the first batch of six sys­tems will be up and run­ning this year. And a cy­ber-phys­i­cal sys­tems pro­gram is de­vel­op­ing ca­pac­i­ties in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, deep learn­ing and ro­bot­ics to make In­dia fu­ture-ready. There’s a whole lot more in the works—a deep ocean mis­sion on the lines of the space pro­gramme and the huge task of train­ing 100,000 young sci­en­tists to ex­pand the foot­print of ex­cel­lence.

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