President Mukherjee presents Infosys Prizes, stresses on recognizing path-breaking research

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New Delhi, Feb. 13 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Infosys Prizes for the year 2015 here on Saturday and said that awards such as these were an important step towards recognizing path-breaking research being pursued by scientists and academicians across the globe.

Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated the winners of the Infosys Prizes and said their research is laying the groundwork for an evolved, enabling, and sustainable world.

He said that the Infosys Science Foundation is spearheading the quest for breakthrough innovation amongst young scientists by rewarding excellence in cutting-edge research.

“This year’s prize winners are a diverse group. Their work ranges from unraveling the intricacies of analytical Indian philosophy to enhancing our understanding of the universe and its components and to the biology of the malaria parasite,” the President said in his address.

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The President said by 2020, India is set to become the world’s youngest country with 64 percent of its population in the working age group.

“The youth of our country need our consistent encouragement to pursue innovation in their chosen fields. I am certain that the exceptional journey of the Infosys Prize Laureates will inspire youth to take up research and participate in national progress,” he said.

The President said India’s future is inextricably linked to the progress that the nation can make in establishing strong foundations for scientific research within our country.

The President said scientific excellence must be driven by a concern for humanity. He said that Gandhiji believed that if science becomes all technique and technology, it quickly deteriorates into man against humanity. (ANI)

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