Union Minister for Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said that was delighted to inform that India’s ranking in global innovation index has jumped from 81st in 2015 to 60th in 2017.
Inaugurating Science Communicators’ Meet, as a part of the on-going Indian Science Congress, 2019, at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, he also informed that India is now at the 6th position in scientific publications and 10th in patent filing.
“India is now 3rd most attractive investment destination for technology transactions and it is the best time to do science in India”, said the IT Minister. A souvenir book on Science Communicators’ Meet was also released during the event.
While applauding the role of innovations in communication technology, the Minister informed that digital payments have surged to 8 folds in the last five years to 2070 crores. There has been 2048% growth in Aadhar Enabled Payment System transactions while transactions in UPI grew 1500 times in the last 24 months.
Ravi Shankar Prasad showcased how Digital India has bridged the digital divide between urban and rural India.”India missed the industrial revolution, India missed the entrepreneurial revolution but India does not want to miss the digital revolution “, said the Union Minister.
The aim of the Science Communicators’ Meet is to cultivate and build up a more closely knit science communicatio9n community in the country responsible for disseminating science information to all stakeholders. The specific objective of the meet is to bring different science communicators together to discuss the development and optimum utilization of existing & new media and arenas in order to strengthen the dialogue between the research community and the society.