GUWAHATI, Oct 24: “We need good people who can give right direction in the society. Teachers and parents must play their roles in building scientific temperament among the children from an early age. The society cannot grow without getting rid of the superstitions and false notions.” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said that while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural programme of the 26th State level conference of National Children’s Science Congress 2018 held at Majuli College playground, Majuli.
Saying that the evil forces in the society can only be eliminated by making good citizens who can take the nation forward by clean thoughts and deeds, the chief minister reiterated Srimanta Sankardev’s contribution in building the base of scientific temperament in the Assamese society by incorporating scientific thinking in all spheres of social, cultural and spiritual way of life.
Informing that ‘Mukhyamantrir Bigyan Darshan’ (Chief Minister’s Science Tour) programme will be started from November 15 to give scientific exposure to students and gaon burhas (village heads), Sonowal asserted that the state government is committed to protect the rights of indigenous people of the state and enable them to live a of dignity. He also assured of protecting the prestige of Assamese people and urged them to keep their faith on the state government.
Science and Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta informed that a centre of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would be set up in the state near Gauhati University and its works are likely to start from December. Saying that the centre is planned to be made the most advanced space research institute in South East Asia, Mahanta called on the children scientists, participating in the science congress, to scientifically examine the rites and rituals of the satras for deriving their real purposes.
Notably, a total of 284 children scientists from the 33 districts of the state have participated in the four day event. MP Pradan Barua, Secretary of Science and Technology Department Vinod Seshan, Director of CSIR Dr Prashanta Kumar Goswami, Director of ASTEC Dr. Arup Kumar Misra were also present in the programme among others.