Asks scholars to step up their research in ocean and marine energy
PANJIM: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has demanded from the ocean scientist fraternity to contribute in transforming the country into third largest economy of the world in the next decade.
The Vice President addressed the scientists and research scholars at the CSIR – National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Dona Paula on Sunday.
He said “It is important to prioritise our efforts in ocean science and technology to achieve the national goal of transforming India to be the third largest economy in the coming 10-15 years. Technological is meaningful only if it serves to improve the lives of people. With India looking towards oceans for the economic growth through the blue economy, important institutions like NIO will have to step up their research in areas such as ocean energy and marine energy.”
Stating that India is meeting most of its oil and gas requirements through imports, he proposed to tap the ocean’s treasure and said “Scientists should study the potential of renewable energy derived from the ocean, from wind, wave and tidal sources. The objective of blue economy is to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and employment opportunities through maritime economic activities within the Indian Ocean region. India should strive to fully tap the enormous potential of blue economy.”
However, the Vice President cautioned the over exploitation and degradation of the marine life. “While pursuing the blue growth, every effort must be made by all the stakeholders, including private and public sectors, to prevent further degradation of the ocean and its ecosystems. Focused approach in areas such as minerals from the ocean, energy from ocean can make India a global leader and serve our national goals”, he added.
Meanwhile, stating that India is the oldest civilisation still existing, the people of the world are highly appreciative of the country. “The colonial rulers first try to attack your culture and destroy it. British also tried and make English our language, but because of our size and culture and wisdom of our people they could not succeed. Mother tongue is very essential as original thoughts can be articulated better in mother tongue. Basha aur bhavna, ek saath chalte hai”, he added.
Naidu said that mother tongue is eyesight and other languages are like spectacles. “Without eyesight, spectacles are useless. If you don’t have eyesight, even if you wear the best eyewear you will not have sight, forget about foresight”, he stated.
Naidu visits Parrikar’s house
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu visited the private residence of former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar and condoled the death of his former colleague in the Union cabinet.
After meeting the family members, in a series of tweets he said, “Today, I met the family members of Late Shri Manohar Parrikar in #Goa and conveyed my heartfelt condolences. I had a long association of more than 30 years with him. He was one of the finest politicians of modern times. Shri Parrikar was simple, honest and dedicated. He walked the talk of simplicity. He was the epitome of integrity. His death is an insurmountable loss to the country, especially to #Goa. We should pay tribute to Shri Parrikar by imbibing his ideals, and following the path that he lit for us in public service.”
Earlier in the day, he was received by the Governor Dr Mrs Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant and Protocol Minister Mauvin Godinho at the naval base INS Hansa.