Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys Ltd, stressed the importance of providing creative and affordable solutions in science, mathematics, and engineering to address India’s “grand problems” during his remarks at the opening of the new Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) building in Bengaluru on Thursday.
“Our nation is advancing in engineering and science. We have constructed steel plants, dams, and covid vaccinations in addition to sending satellites and rockets into orbit. To provide every one of India’s 1.4 billion people with access to education, healthcare, nutrition, and housing, we still have a long way to go, Narayana Murthy remarked.
“We must consider how those who are engaged in science, mathematics, and engineering might tackle our major challenges,” he continued. We must employ the power of the human mind to create rapid, creative, and cost-effective answers to these and other pressing issues facing our nation today. Science is a “front-line warrior,” he continued, “against tackling the big issues.”
The International Science Forum (ISF), which unveiled its physical location in the city on Thursday, aims to create opportunities for science enthusiasts, start-ups, businesses, industrialists, and students to network and gather to give speeches, presentations, and workshops on science-related topics that tackle more significant social issues.
Co-founder of Infosys Kris Gopalakrishnan lamented that not enough people were taking advantage of Bengaluru’s potential for deep technology and exploiting public areas for idea exchange. In order to use science and technology and collaborate in a public setting, ISF intends to introduce a collaborative culture. Additionally, I believe that we need to boost our spending on research from 0.7 percent of GDP to 3 percent of GDP.
ISF is also a foundation that gives the Infosys Prize to Indian scientists and scholars working on path breaking research in categories like engineering, computer science, mathematical sciences, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences and humanities.
The inaugural event also featured a panel of students at various stages of their education and research careers who spoke about their aspirations and experiences in the greater Indian research landscape. A panel comprising Arundhati Ghosh (Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts), Jahnavi Phalkey (Founding Director, Science Gallery Bengaluru), and V Ravichandar (Honorary Director, Bangalore International Centre) also discussed the importance of public spaces in enabling arts and sciences.