SRINAGAR: Calling upon the country’s top scientists to play their role in popularizing the subject of astronomy, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Thursday said she will wholeheartedly support any endeavour which aims to inspire state’s young generation towards a relatively alien field.
She also evinced keen interest in how astronomy and astrophysics can foster development of tourism and agriculture sectors, which for long have been the backbone of state’s economy.
The Chief Minister was interacting with a group of leading scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore and the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, at the Civil Secretariat this afternoon.
Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Navin. K. Chaudhary and Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof. Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, were also present on the occasion.
Inviting suggestions from leading scientists for inculcating a culture of exploration and research among our youth, the Chief Minister highlighted the advantages of benchmark technologies like remote sensing in addressing the concerns of the state, particularly in preventing disasters and reaching out to people in far-flung and inaccessible areas, which remain cut off for long periods during hostile weather conditions.