Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 28
The Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, RK Mathur, on Saturday stressed upon the greater use of science and technology for the socio-economic development of the cold and arid region of the country.
Speaking online at the curtain raiser event of India International Science Festival—2000 (IISF) at the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) in Leh, he said that the utility of science and technology in Ladakh is extremely relevant and imminent for the population to sustain and adapt to the prevailing harsh environmental conditions.
Briefing the audience about the importance and relevance of observing the science festival, he urged all the stakeholders to promote and enable science and technology to reach every remote location of the country.
Elaborating upon the importance of utilizing science and technology to make a better and sustainable world, DIHAR Director, Dr OP Chaurasia, highlighted the development and dissemination of appropriate technologies related to agriculture in high altitude region like Ladakh through which farmers are able to increase their yield through optimum resource management.
Vice-Chancellor of Ladakh University, C Phuntsog, briefed the audience about the importance of taking science beyond the university campus so that livelihood of the population is made healthier, economical and sustainable. A brainstorming session between representatives of the administration, policy, education, agriculture, entrepreneurship and local students was also held.
Launched to promote science and technology and demonstrate how science could lead India towards a developed nation within a short span of time, IISF’s aim is to engage the public with science and celebrate the joy of science and show the ways how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) provide us with the solutions to improve our lives.
It intends to create an innovative knowledge society to inspire curiosity and make learning more rewarding for the young.