GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - Science should be taken to the masses of the people. The notion that science is meant only for the elite sections of the people, should be done away with and science should be projected as a vehicle of progress. With this aim in view, the State Government has instituted the State Science Award, said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. He was addressing official function held at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra on the occasion of the Science Day and distribution of the State Science Award as the chief guest.
According to an official press release here this evening, the Chief Minister laid stress on holding science fairs at the panchayat level to take science and technology to the doorsteps of the common people. There is a need to create a congenial atmosphere for building an intense relation between science and the common man, he said.
Laying stress also on the development of the proficiency of the specially able people, he also called for steps to improve the methods of agricultural production. With the growth in productivity, the rural economy should also be strengthened, he said.
Addressing the function, Science and Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta announced that the State Government would offer an amount of Rs 2 lakh to inventor Uddhab Bharali towards the development of his research laboratory. Moreover, the Minister said the State Government has decided to set up science centres at each of the districts of the State.