The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, celebrated its Golden Jubilee virtually with a chain of programs. National Council for Science & Technology Communication, a department division, and Vigyan Prasar had organized the event 'Remembering 50 Golden years of DST' to commemorate the occasion. The department's former and present Secretaries highlighted the milestones achieved so far and discussed the road ahead at its inaugural panel discussion. DST Secretary Professor Ashutosh Sharma noted that its establishment has been a turning point for science, technology, and innovation in India. He added that it connects to a vast stakeholder base in India, which includes school students, Ph.D. holders, young scientists, R & D labs, Universities, and colleges. K Vijay Raghavan, former DST Secretary, said in the panel discussion, "DST has an extraordinary impact on the S & T ecosystem in the country. Its reach and depth in every area are huge, making it truly the agency for transformation through Science & Technology." Presently, Raghavan is the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, Professor T. Ramasami, former Secretary DST (2006-2014), and Professor V.S. Ramamurthy, former Secretary DST (1995-2006), also addressed the event. Ramasami underlined that DST had played the role of pranavayu or oxygen for the Indian Science system. Ramamurthy, sharing his memories of DST, revealed, "We established the first Technology Business Incubator outside any educational institution. Now this year, 100 more such incubators will be set up by DST. This is a scale in which we would like to move."

Department of Science and Technology celebrates Golden Jubilee virtually

The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, celebrated its Golden Jubilee virtually with a chain of programs. National Council for Science & Technology Communication, a department division, and Vigyan Prasar had organized the event ‘Remembering 50 Golden years of DST’ to commemorate the occasion. The department’s former and present Secretaries highlighted the milestones achieved so far and discussed the road ahead at its inaugural panel discussion.

DST Secretary Professor Ashutosh Sharma noted that its establishment has been a turning point for science, technology, and innovation in India. He added that it connects to a vast stakeholder base in India, which includes school students, Ph.D. holders, young scientists, R & D labs, Universities, and colleges.

K Vijay Raghavan, former DST Secretary, said in the panel discussion, “DST has an extraordinary impact on the S & T ecosystem in the country. Its reach and depth in every area are huge, making it truly the agency for transformation through Science & Technology.” Presently, Raghavan is the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, 

Professor T. Ramasami, former Secretary DST (2006-2014), and Professor V.S. Ramamurthy, former Secretary DST (1995-2006), also addressed the event. Ramasami underlined that DST had played the role of pranavayu or oxygen for the Indian Science system. Ramamurthy, sharing his memories of DST, revealed, “We established the first Technology Business Incubator outside any educational institution. Now this year, 100 more such incubators will be set up by DST. This is a scale in which we would like to move.”

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