Encourage research in science to help farmers: Etala

Minister for Finance and Civil Supplies Etala Rajender stressed on the need for encouraging research in science and technology for the benefit of farmers so as to stop suicides triggered by crisis in the agriculture sector.

Inaugurating the three-day science fair ‘Cosmos-2015’ organised by Telangana State Social Welfare Residential Educational Institution at Centre for Excellence in Alugunur on Thursday, the Minister said that technology should be developed in a such a way that a farmer should know where to sink a bore-well and fetch water to protect his/her standing crops.

Expressing concern over the haphazard development in the district while referring to the granite industry, he said the industry had only benefitted a few people. In turn, it had caused more harm to the ecology with the loss of flora and fauna. He said the granite industry had displaced the wildlife and forced them to enter human habitations. Besides, it had also caused depletion in the groundwater table in the region, he pointed out.

Stating that science and technology should be used for the development of society, he quoted the examples of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalaam deigning light-weight callipers and stunts. “Science is like two edges of a sword. It all depends on how it is used by social scientists (politicians)”, he said.

Telangana State Cultural Council Chairman Rasamayi Balakishan, MLC P. Sudhakar Reddy, TS Social Welfare Educational Institutions Secretary R.S. Praveen Kumar, Collector Neethu Prasad and others were also present.

Earlier, the Minister and others inaugurated parents’ restroom at the Centre for Excellence. They also inspected various exhibits displayed by the students on the occasion.

A total of 980 students from 70 schools in Karimnagar, Adilabad, Khammam and Warangal districts are participating in the science fair. The students displayed their models on subjects like energy and science, agriculture, health, environment, mathematics and computers, humanities, economics and commerce and some models were on history and geography.

Cash prizes to first three winning models would be given in each category.

Source: The Hindu

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