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Science is liberating : Guv

Science is liberating : Guv
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'Science and research should move as fast as technology,' said ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, at the inaugural session of 'DWIH New...

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"Science and research should move as fast as technology," said ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, at the inaugural session of "DWIH New Delhi � Excellence on Tour 2013!" on Friday in Hyderabad. He said that the explosion of knowledge in the 21st century has impacted almost every aspect of life on the planet. "Human life span has increased dramatically; diseases and epidemics which ravaged mankind are largely a thing of the past. We are making far reaching advancements not merely to extend life, but enhance the quality of life," he added.

He also spoke about the barriers that separated a few privileged from the rest which has been brought down with affordability and penetration of technology. "It is here that we need to hit the pause button and reflect. Technology by its very nature is penetrating and has gone far ahead than its alter ego 'Science'. We have become addicted to products of technology to entertain us and engross us. As a result the 'human' in us is diminished. Technological advancements and products are perhaps making us islands into ourselves," he added.

guv3He also spoke about the innocence of childhood and simple growing up pleasures which are threatened by 'gaming devises' and TV's. "Science on the other hand is liberating. Science has served to demolish ignorance, obscurantism and insularity by letting the human intellect and spirit soar higher and higher," he added.

He also added that Germany and India has extremely close relations. India being the fifth destination for the collaborations proves the bonding between the two countries. "I am tempted in taking this collaboration further," he conveyed.

Prof Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad, said that Germany is not a stranger as University of Hyderabad already has many collaborations with German Universities. "We have trained 30 German students in India. This shows the mutual understanding and bonding between the two countries. I hope this love and bonding continues forever," he added.

Michael Steiner, the German Ambassador, addressed the students that India and Germany were true partners in science, education and language. "Today's gathering with you is the best proof. I feel like home here. Germany welcomes bright, educated young Indian students like you. Visit my country, study at one of our excellent Universities; make your career in Germany," he added. Around 1,000 school and college students were present at the quiz competition on science and technology which was conducted before the inaugural session. Students from Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Jubilee Hills, and Nasr School, Hyderabad won the competition.

The event was followed by Clown Shiven's show. He is a celebrity clown who has been travelling across the world as a clown for 37 years.

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