Indian students all over the world are interested in the successful launch of Chandrayaan-3: Jitendra Singh
Indian students all over the world are interested in the successful launch of Chandrayaan-3: Jitendra Singh

“The number of space startups jumped from 4 to 150, with science students, researchers, and entrepreneurs leading most of them.”

Thursday, September 4: Today, Jitendra Singh, who is the Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, said that the successful launch of Chandrayaan-3 has made Indian students want to go all over the world.


Jitendra Singh said that this was even more clear now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had opened up the space business in June 2020. A PIB report said that the number of space startups went from 4 to 150, with most of them being run by science students, experts, and businesspeople.

Singh was speaking to the crowd after opening the Science 20 (S20) Conference on “Disruptive Science for Innovative and Sustainable Development” at Amity University in Noida. The conference was sponsored by the G20.

Jitendra Singh said that startups are where new ideas come from and are important for the growth of the country. He also said that Startup India, Standup India, and Make in India, which are all based on the ideas of Prime Minister Modi, will help India become an even stronger economic power and add 1 trillion USD to our GDP each year.

“They create jobs, which makes the country stronger and better. Start-ups inspire academic institutions to take a practical approach, which in turn creates a lot of jobs. It encourages students or researchers to work with a start-up to put their ideas into action, which is more important because it helps find ways for the economy to grow. With almost 110 Unicorns, India is now third in the world in terms of its startup environment, he said, asking colleges to encourage students to work with new startups.

Jitendra Singh said that there were only about 350 Startups before 2014. However, after PM Modi’s Independence Day speech from the Red Fort ramparts and the rollout of a special startup scheme in 2016, there has been a quantum jump. There are now more than 1.25 lakh Startups and more than 110 Unicorns. In the same way, he said that there are now 6,000 Biotech Startups instead of the 50 or so that were around in 2014.

Singh said, “Thanks to the hard work and drive of scientists, experts, and scholars, India is now in the top three countries for papers and ninth for patents. India’s Global Innovation score has also improved a lot over the past few years, going from 81st place to 40th place, he said.

“The Indian government has put a lot of emphasis on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in research and creation to help India achieve its global goals and become Aatmanirbhar through the “Make in India, Make for the World” motto. “The government is working hard to expand the reach of public-private partnerships so that world-class infrastructure can be built on time and private and institutional capital can be attracted to infrastructure,” he said.

Jitendra Singh said that India is now the fifth biggest economy in the world. He also said that India is one of the top five countries in the world when it comes to science study and space travel.

“Recently, India made history by being the first country to land on the moon’s south pole area. “The launch of Aditya-1, India’s first mission to study the Sun from space, shows that we are one of the most scientifically advanced countries in the field of Space Science and Technology,” he said.

Jitendra Singh said that Science and Technology in the country have grown by a factor of ten in the last ten years. He said that under the wise guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, our government’s attention is on growth that benefits everyone and development that lasts.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, talking about the upcoming G20 Summit in New Delhi later this week, said that India’s G20 Presidency under the direction of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2022-2023 aimed to be inclusive, bold, action-oriented, and effective.

“This G20 Presidency also marks the beginning of ‘Amritkaal’ for India,” he said. ‘Amritkaal’ is a 25-year time that starts on the 75th anniversary of India’s independence and ends on the 100th anniversary of India’s independence.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that science has been the driving force behind economic growth and human progress. The goal of S20, he said, is to use scientific, technological, and intellectual interactions between countries, regions, and societies to solve problems and make strong international alliances.

“In a world where 8 billion people are always trying to find a better way of life, innovative science and technology are needed to change lives and ways of making a living because of the big changes happening all over the world,” he said. Jitendra Singh said that it is great that the S20 Conference talks about Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR), which is another important project of PM Modi.

“It’s about making it possible for people to share ideas and resources within the knowledge ecosystem,” he said. “This is done by working with communities to find out their needs and problems and then coming up with scientific and technological solutions.”

The S&T Minister said that India’s presidency was a big deal because, as a country committed to democracy and multilateralism, it was a big step towards finding real global answers for everyone’s gain.

“The idea of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,’ or ‘the world is one family,’ which is the theme of India’s G20 Presidency, comes from the Maha Upanishad, an old Sanskrit text. “The S20 theme has really and deeply shown how important all life is and how much it depends on each other on Earth and in the universe,” he said.

The S20 Conference talks about Clean Energy for a Greener Future, Universal Holistic Health, Science for Society and Culture, and the Role of the Media in Science and Culture.



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