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Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates the S-20 Conference under the aegis of G20 at Amity University

September 6, 2023

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Science and Technology, inaugurated the S-20 Conference, under the aegis of G20, at Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida campus today alongwith Dr. Ashok. K. Chauhan, Founder President Amity Education Group, Dr. Atul Chauhan, Chancellor Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Dr. W. Selvamurthy, President Amity Science Technology and Innovation Foundation and Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Co-Chair S20 and Former Secretary, Department of Science & Technology.

Addressing the audience during the inaugural session, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Science and Technology, averred, “Amity has created a benchmark in education across the globe. India’s Presidency of G-20 is a matter of immense pride for the whole country. Under the visionary leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji, India has attained remarkable achievements in the field of Science & technology. In 2014, the country had 350 start ups but today we have more than 1.25 lakh start-ups and 130 Unicorns. Out of 1.25 lakh start-ups, 6,000 start ups are in the unicorn sector itself which has transformed the landscape of innovation in the country. The Global Innovation Index has also risen from 81 to 40, which is yet another example of India’s strong position in the S&T domain. There were only 4 space start-ups in the country in 2014 whereas in 2023, there are more than 150 start ups. Our Space economy is currently at 8 billion dollars and is estimated to reach 40 billion dollars by the year 2040. The world is ready to be led by India and the successful landing of the Chandrayaan-3 is a testimony to the collective acumen of India’s incredible scientific temperament. There is no dearth of talent, potential, however, India lacked the enabling milieu from the policy makers of the nation, earlier, which is now being given impetus by the Prime Minister. The theme of today’s conference is disruptive science which means transformative science, and all the three themes are extremely relevant to the current scenario of S&T in India. India is working on Zero Gas Emissions and has taken the lead in producing Green Hydrogen not only for itself but for the entire world. International Yoga Day has been recognized by the WHO and is celebrated across the whole world today. I complement Amity for organizing this highly significant conference and the youth has to take lead and become the torch-bearers of capacity building of the S&T sector in the country.”

Highlighting the significance of the S20 Conference, Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, Founder President Amity Education Group, stated, “When one has firm belief in God, no power in the world can stop that person from achieving even the impossible. The students, faculty and scientists of Amity have worked hard day and night to make this Conference a huge success. Science is the driving force behind economic expansion and human progress and the prestigious S20 Conference will play a major role in developing a scientific temperament amongst the youth who are the future leaders of the country. It is only through science, technology, research and innovation, that the nation will lead the world and become a Global Superpower.”

Delivering the Presidential Address, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Co-Chair S20 and Former Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, said, “This is an auspicious occasion as Amity organizes this prestigious S20 Conference. The overarching theme “Disruptive Science for Innovative and Sustainable Development”, emphasizes upon the three main aspects, “Jugaad” which means innovation, “Dhanda” which means business and “Panga” which means disruption. Clean energy should be available to everyone to create a sustainable world,connecting science to society is extremely important since it’s essential to make sure that the scientific innovations benefit the society. Also, Universal Holistic Health should also be provided to each and every citizen of the country. Therefore, we must work together and encourage diversity for the betterment of society and nation. The world can only be transformed through collaborative efforts and this Conference will provide a platform for creating the roadmap to success.”

Welcoming the guests on this occasion, Dr. W. Selvamurthy, President Amity Science Technology and Innovation Foundation said, “It is a matter of great pride for us that India is hosting the Presidency of G20 under the dynamic leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji. Amity Institute of Space Science & Technology is going to build a Cube Sat, as part of the 75 satellites being launched during the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The satellite will be launched by Amity and the fabrication of the satellite has already started, which will carry a “Pelo” which will measure the atmospheric conditions. Amity will be sending it to PSLV through ISRO. Amity is sending the first biological Pelo from India putting the callus of plants and the bacteria which will be launched into the space by PSLV, to ascertain whether life can exist and sustain in space. This satellite will be completely made by Amity students..”

Dr. Atul Chauhan, Chancellor Amity University stated, “It is a great honour to co-host this prestigious Conference in collaboration with INSA. India has set an example to the whole world with the successful launch of Chandrayaan-3 and has shown that sky is not the limit if one wants to achieve something. It is the strong belief of our Prime Minister that India will become a global superpower. Today, we need to work together as individuals, societies and countries and these are the best times for India, wherein it’s outstanding achievements of India are being noticed by the entire world.”

The two-day Conference unfolded with an exclusive Science Quiz and Debate Competition, wherein over 200 students from different schools of Delhi NCR, participated.

The Quiz Session was followed by a Session on “Innovation and Sustainability through Startups”, wherein the success stories of the start-ups were shared, inspiring other start up partners to adopt the best practices. The Session was chaired by Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Co-Chair, S20 & President, Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the distinguished speakers included Dr. Atharva Poundarik, Assistant Professor, Centre for Biomedical Engineering & Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Ropar, Dr. Sarita Ahlawat, MD, Co-Founder, BotLab Dynamics, IIT Delhi, Dr. Dinesh Kundu, Director & Co-Founder, East Ocyon Bio Pvt. Ltd, amongst others.

After the inauguration, a Plenary Session on “Clean Energy for Greener Future”, chaired by Dr. Sathish Redddy, former Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, was held during the Conference, wherein Prof. (Dr.) T. G. Sitharam, Chairman, AICTE, Professor Santanu Chaudhury, Director IIT Jodhpur, Dr. Y. Sreenivas Rao DS & DG (Naval Systems & Materials), DRDO, Prof. Andallib Tariq, Professor & Head, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, IIT- Roorkee, participated as esteemed Panellists. The session focused on the unequal distribution of energy availability and aimed to encourage common sharing space, openness in terms of intellectual property.

During the two-day Conference, sessions on “Universal Holistic Health”, “Role of Media in Science and Society” and “Science for Society and Culture” will also be held and more than 1000 distinguished Scientists, Academicians, Diplomats, CEOs of start-ups and students attended this important conference.

Also read: Ministry of Jal Shakti signs MOU with Amity University Towards “National Mission for Clean Ganga”

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