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Modi calls for ‘research for development’

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has urged researchers to extend their work “from the lab to the land”.

At the 105th Indian Science Congress, which took place between 16 and 20 March at Manipur University in the city of Imphal, Modi called for R&D to be redefined as research for national development. Speaking at the opening session, Modi said the purpose of research was to further human progress and welfare, according to Imphal-based newspaper The Sangai Express.

Modi also said that India has to be “future ready” in implementing technologies that can improve growth and prosperity, The Times of India national newspaper reported. He urged researchers to communicate with society about their work and emphasised the importance of teaching children about science.

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