Jamshedpur, May 15: Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan on Sunday hailed the National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) during his maiden visit to the premier metallurgical laboratory and development hub, which functions under the aegis of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Addressing the scientists and researchers at the Burmamines-based NML auditorium here on Sunday evening, the minister commended them for the glorious history and achievements of the laboratory and asked them to continue the good work.
“This is my first visit to the CSIR lab. I am very happy and satisfied to see the facilities here. The laboratory has made extraordinary achievements and has contributed a lot to the nation’s progress. The scientists and researchers should come out of the routine mode, set up new dreams of technological innovations, pursue them and take them to a logical conclusion,” said the minister addressing the august gathering.
The minister, who had also served as a former health minister of Delhi, said, “NML should come up from the routine mode to dream mode. Set new dream, planned and execute properly. I have set dream for eradication of Polio from India during 1993, I succeed, and my dream became true, Now India is complete Polio free zone. This is my desire to set target with a group of four or five scientists and ready for new R&D by considering the desire of 1.25 crore Indians.”
Vardhan who is also the vice-president of CSIR said that during his visit to the laboratory he interacted with the scientists and was happy to know about the contribution of NML for the last six decades.
The minister also appealed the scientists and research scholars to work with a renewed vigor. “There is no dearth of ability and extra-ordinary brain in our country which is evident from the fact that you will find more Indians in NASA, hospital’s operation theatres and in research centers of USA, the most developed country of the World,” the minister pointed out.
Dr. Girish Sahni Director General, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, applaud the contributions of NML for the past 65 years to nation. He was surprised to see the facilities, expertise of the laboratory. He advocated to Now, we should broaden our S&T activities, so that it can go to deprived section of the society.
NML was formally inaugurated and dedicated to the nation on the November 26, 1950 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It may be mentioned that the National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur is the third in the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) family of 38 laboratories.