“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.”
– Edward Teller
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after he took over in 2014, has changed the scientific landscape to rethink it for tackling our financial issues through the intercession of science and innovation, which are Indian in soul and substance. He picked the topic “Reaching the Unreachable through Science and Technology,” and requested that the researchers convey science out of labs to make it devices of advancement – a change in outlook from hypothetical research to connected research to discover answers for a few issues confronting the nation.
Today India is driving herself to join the major class of countries in seeking after yearning super science ventures, for example, Second Moon Mission, cooperation in worldwide stargazing joint efforts like Thirty Meter Telescope, Laser Interferometer Gravitational– wave Observatory (LIGO), cutting edge radio telescope like the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), etc.
In bleeding edge science, our researchers are sub-par compared to none. Gravitational waves disclosure in 2016 has been hailed worldwide as a standout amongst the most major logical revelations in the ongoing occasions. It involves extraordinary pride, 37 Indian researchers from 9 Indian organizations were a piece of the LIGO-Virgo revelation paper in Physical Review Letters. The present government affirmed facilitating of the third LIGO locator on Indian soil to be subsidized by Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology for which the work is going full bore.
Amid the most recent four years, the administration has improved the portions for science and innovation to quicken logical research, advancement and innovation improvement. Spending designation for Department of Science and Technology for 4 money related years beginning from 2014-15 to 2018-19 was Rs.19764 Cr which is an astounding 90% expansion over the previous 5 years (2009-10 to 2013-14). Essentially, there was an expansion of 65% for Department of Biotechnology; practically 43% increment for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; and 26% expansion for Ministry of Earth Sciences amid this period.
In 2017, India became an associate member of European Organization for Nuclear Research.
This year marked the beginning of a new era in the field of Science and Technology.
GSAT-14, an Indian communications satellite, was launched on 5th January from Sriharikota using GSLV-D5 launch vehicle.
No one got the Mars right on the first attempt. U.S., Russia, the Europeans, no one could do it. On Sept. 24, 2014, Mangalyaan, developed by the Indian Space Research Organization, entered the orbit around The Red Planet. The cost of the mission was just $74 million, less than the budget of the film Gravity.
PM Modi launched the Digital India program in July which efficiently connected the Government services to the citizens of the country electronically by improved online infrastructure and Internet connectivity.
India stepped forward into the future by launching and test firing of the Agni V which is an intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the DRDO, Astra which is a BVR air-to-air missile and placed Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) 1-D satellite in orbit by PSLV C-27 launch vehicle.
National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) revealed the Polar Remotely Operated Vehicle (PROVe) which will be used to study the monsoon.
In January’16, Netflix came to India giving Indians a chance to watch everything from old favourites to the classics on one platform. In December, Amazon followed suit by introducing its video streaming platform.
Bharat Biotech, an Indian biotechnology company, was the first to discover a vaccine for Zika, which is a disease spread by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. They also patented it. This proved that Indian Scientists can also be explorers in global scientific research.
The decision to cease the building of coal plants from 2022 was taken by the Indian Government to endorse the development of renewable energy sources instead, which will help control the climate changes.
Google and India’s Ministry of Urban Development made possible for the people to look for over four thousand communal and public restrooms on Google Maps to improve sanitation.
ISRO launched 20 satellites into the orbit on a single rocket which is the highest number that it has sent at once.
The Goods and Service Tax (GST) was approved by the government to boost the GDP rate.
ISRO achieved an unprecedented feat of launching 104 satellites, Cartostat-2 along with 103 other co-passenger satellites, using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in one go.
Delhi Metro became the only completely green metro in the world for cohering to the green building norms for its 10 residential colonies from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
WaterHealth India, a company that provides scalable, safe and affordable drinking water solutions to the underserved populations of the, installed 450 Water ATMs that run on automated water purification system in 1800 villages.
In March, Vikas Sathaye, a Pune-born engineer, was a part of the team that won an Oscar for Science and Technology. They were honored for the concept, design, engineering and implementation of the Shotover K1 Camera System, which has the capability to capture shots while looking straight down and filming mid-air sequences which was used in movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy.
In August, the world’s first ever battery plant, manufactured by Bharat Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Private Ltd., was revealed in Andhra Pradesh. It was aimed at encouraging the use of renewable sources of energy that can be used in remote areas like hills or islands.
Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) is planning to utilize solar energy in powering electric vehicle charging stations to ensure clean transport is driven by clean energy.
Mission Shakti, led by DRDO, was a project that successfully test-fired an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile by shooting down a live satellite in 3 minutes. Through this, India became the 4th nation in the world to be a part of the elite super-power club.
ISRO launched the latest satellite EMISAT along with 28 other satellites.
On 21st March, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has launched IoT controlled smart garbage bins made of stainless steel for effective waste management. It has Gazelle sensors which will indicate the fill-up position of the bin to the garbage collection vehicle.
India’s lunar mission, Chandrayaan II, which is scheduled to be launched in April, will carry NASA’s laser instruments which will help the scientists make accurate and precise measurements of the distance to the moon.
With rapid revolution in the techological scope and capabilities, sky is the limit for our country. At this point of time, the country stands on the verge of making history which will be remembered for years. We as Indians should feel proud of respect we command in the world today. We should aim at innovation as the future possibilities of how human life can be alleviated lies on it.
The bottomline is its easier to accuse Modi by making fun of the cultural identity of India that he promotes, taking us back to our roots that he believes in by taking disgusting jibe like ‘Gaumutra, Gobar’ etc etc but neglecting the technological strides our country took under his rule, is not just disservice to your nation but your own integrity.
Blogged by Isha Gajjar