New Delhi, Jan.14: Describing Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R. Rao as a leading luminary of Indian science and a world leader in many areas of scientific exploration, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that Rao epitomises triumph of will over constraints, of genius over circumstances.
“For over five decades, he has pursued and achieved excellence in both research and teaching. His achievements are powerful and lasting in their impact on global science. And, what makes them so inspiring to younger generations in our country is that he made them possible in an India that was synonymous with constraints of resources, constraints of infrastructure, constraints of opportunity and remuneration,” Dr.Singh said.
He further said that Professor Rao has demonstrated that world-class research can be accomplished on Indian soil, despite all constraints.
“He has relentlessly guided the growth of science academies and all major science institutes in India. He built and nurtured a world-class chemistry department at IIT Kanpur that put India on the world map in modern chemistry. He rejuvenated and nurtured India’s premier research institute, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Even now, he continues to devote himself to creating state-of-the-art facilities and nurturing a vibrant group of scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore. In spite of his very busy life in research and administration, he has been actively mixing with and inspiring younger Indians with his lectures and books,” the Prime Minister said.
Dr.Singh said that as the chairman of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Professor Rao has played a pivotal role in guiding the science and technology policies of the Government of India.
“I, for one, have benefited immensely from his wise counsel. I thank him for sharing my vision to orient science towards development and prosperity of India founded on the basis of inclusion and equity,” he said.
He said that it is a matter of national pride that Professor Rao is an elected member of over 25 science academies around the world, and has been decorated with some of the world’s most prestigious medals and prizes, besides honorary doctorates by more than 60 universities in India and the world.
He said that by conferring the Bharat Ratna on Professor Rao, “we are recognizing his larger and towering presence in our overall national life, and also the role and impact of science on India’s march to progress.” (ANI)