Shri G. Kishan Reddy congratulates scientists of India and world for their contributions especially during current covid pandemic times


The  Union Minister for Culture,Tourism and DoNER Shri G. Kishan Reddy has congratulated  the scientists of India and the world for their contributions especially during the current  covid pandemic times. He said that the relentless efforts of our scientists in developing covid vaccine have saved the entire human community.



Shri Kishan Reddy was speaking at the inaugural of week-long festival of science “Vigyan Sarvatra Pujyate” at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi today. The festival was jointly inaugurated by  Shri G Kishan Reddy and  Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh. Vigyan Sarvatra Pujyata is  a pan-India program to celebrate the essence and magnificence of our scientific achievements as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav on 75 years of Independence.



The Culture Minister, in his address, said that India under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi,  has made a world record of administering  more than 175 crore vaccine doses to the population in the country . He further added  that India has given vaccines to more than 150 countries.




Shri G. Kishan Reddy said that India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and the country has always had a symbiotic relationship with science and technology.


He said that India’s tradition of scientific skepticism and empirical reasoning in philosophies like Charvaka and Ajivika contributed to our scientific temper.




India today is a nation of young, confident citizens and the young members of the Indian science community today possess a unique mix of a scientific temper that challenges and questions with child-like curiosity to see what’s behind the bend and possess a  can-do spirit to use the limited resources prudently, the Minister explained.






He said that the Government of India is commemorating 75 years of Indian independence as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. The contribution of scientists is priceless and India is proud to have produced eminent Nobel laureates and contributors like Sir C.V. Raman, Sri Har Gobind Khorana, Meghnad Saha, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan.  The contributions of Homi J. Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai have made India stronger.




Shri Kishan Reddy said that our New Education Policy, which came after 34 years, does promote a culture of science and inculcate a scientific temper among students, youth and entrepreneurs. Highlighting the role of  Ministry of Culture in promoting science, the Minister disclosed that the Culture Ministry administers 25 Science Museums and Centres, and has developed more than 25 Science Museums and handed them over to states and institutions, and it  is developing 18 more new museums.




The initiative will prove to be a milestone in preparing the roadmap for the next 25 years of development of the country through science and technology.




He said that the country should celebrate some recent successes for India in the field of science and technology such as India’s rise to the 46th position featuring within the top 50 innovative economies globally as per Global Innovation Index (GII). The country is among the top 3 countries in scientific publications as per National Science Foundation (NSF) database. And India is in 3rd Position in terms of  Doctorate holders and the size of Higher Education System.




India is rising as the second largest startup hub in the world. As we celebrate Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, the country has 75  unicorns, over  50000 Startups where 10,000 of them have come up in the first 6 months.




He said that the program will also give a new direction to our young scientists which will give a new impetus and give a new inspiration




Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt of India, Dr K Vijaya Raghavan; Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India, Dr S Chandrasekhar; Scientific Secretary Office of PSA, Mrs (Dr) Parvinder Maini; Director, Vigyan Prasar, Dr Nakul Parashar, Members from the scientific community were among those who participated in the programme.


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Shri G. Kishan Reddy lays the foundation stone for the development of Parshuram Kund in Arunachal Pradesh

Key Highlight

  • Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Pema Khandu and Union Minister of Jal Shakti Shri Gajendra Singh Sekhawat also graced the occasion
  • The project is sanctioned under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) Scheme of Ministry of Tourism

Union Minister for Tourism,Culture and Development of North Eastern Sates (DoNER)

Shri G. Kishan Reddy today laid the foundation stone for the “Development of Parshuram Kund, Lohit District, Arunachal Pradesh.” The project is sanctioned under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) Scheme of Ministry of Tourism.

The event was graced by the august presence of Shri Pema Khandu , Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Gajendra Singh Sekhawat Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Chowna Mein Deputy Chief Minister Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Nakap Nalo Minister of Tourism Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Wangki Lowang Minister of PHE & WS Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Tapir Gao, Member of Parliament Lok Sabha Arunachal Pradesh, Shri Laisam Simai MLA Cum Advisor Tourism Arunachal Pradesh and Shri Karikho KriMLA Tezu Arunachal Pradesh.

The ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) is a Central Sector Scheme with complete financial assistance by the Government of India. The scheme is launched under the leadership of Prime Minister by the Ministry of Tourism in the year 2014-15 with the vision of focused infrastructure development to harness pilgrimage and heritage tourism destinations for its direct and multiplier effect upon employment generation and economic development. The scheme aimed at infrastructure development to envisage world class infrastructural development of the sites with special emphasis on Tourist Facilities including Tourist Facilitation Centers, way-side amenities Parking, Public convenience, Illumination and Sound and Light Shows.

The project “Development of Parasuram Kund, Lohit District Arunachal Pradesh” under the scheme was approved by the Ministry of Tourism with the cost of Rs 37.88 crores in January 2021. The components sanctioned include Interventions near the Parking area, Tourist Information Centre, Rain Shelters, Kiosks, interventions near Mela ground, View Points, Souvenir Shops, Water Supply line, Approach Road, Food Court/ Prasadam Centre, Pilgrim waiting Hall, Drainage, Development of Kund area, Changing Rooms, Viewing Gallery, Public Amenities and Slope stabilization.

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