Kolkata, May 7 (IANS) The Narendra Modi government has been successful in creating a good synergy among the science and research departments all over the country, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday.
He said rigorous efforts put in by his ministry to conduct regular meetings between heads of diverse departments and officials concerned in the last four years created this coordination that was missing earlier.
“When I took charge, my first impression was that there is hardly any coordination between what the researchers are doing in different institutes. There was a lack of coordination not just between departments like biotechnology, CSIR, applied science and agriculture which are interrelated, but even within the same department,” Harsh Vardhan said after formally inaugurating the new campus of National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) in Kalyani of West Bengal’s Nadia district.
“Our ministry has consistently spoken to all the departments. It held interactions with all the scientists, directors of the major institutes, departmental heads and respective secretaries regularly and rigorously. So today we can say there is a good quality synergy not just in the science ministry but also within other ministries,” he said.
Harsh Vardhan, who is also the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said the current government wanted a perfect level of coordination, collaboration, understanding and synergy among its departments as this is crucial for progress since the researchers can share each others’ knowledge andA know what others were doing.
“We held meetings with the departments after coming to power. I think it was these meetings where the directors of different institutes got themselves acquainted for the first time with what their colleagues in diverse sectors are doing,” he pointed out.
The minister also formally inaugurated the Kalyani-Kolkata biocluster, catalysed by NIBMG that brings together five other institutes including IISER Kolkata, Bose Institute, CSIR-IICB, Indian Statistical Institute and Tata Medical Centre with the aim of precipitating systems medicine in India, the minister said .
“It is a perfect example of how we can best use our knowledge, experiences and vision,” he added.