New Delhi: Asking the scientific community to find viable solutions to national problems like food, environment and water security, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday warned that the country will lack behind in human development unless "internal asymmetries are bridged".
"Science is a tool to empower and emancipate people. Unless our internal asymmetries are bridged, India will lack human development," he said addressing the scientific community at a function here.
"Our scientists must provide viable solutions to national problems of food, nutrition, energy, environment and water security," he emphasised.
The Prime Minister said the government has taken a number of foundational steps to promote India`s long-term economic and social transformation through science.
Many of these initiatives owe a great deal to policy suggestions and inputs from the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC), he said while congratulating it.
"These achievements of the SAC should be documented and publicised as a roadmap to lead India to knowledge, prosperity and power," he said.
He expressed confidence that SAC will continue to push the frontiers of Indian science in excellence and relevance.