President Pranab Mukherjee had a rare interaction through video-conference with Indian scientists working at the Himadri station, India's first Arctic research facility, located 1,200 kms from the North Pole.
Indian scientists are more religious than their British counterparts but they are more likely, than the general population, to not participate in a religious service or rituals, says a cross-national study of religion and spirituality among scientists.
BJP leader Narendra Modi Sunday said Indian scientists are "our strength" and they will help shape the future in this "knowledge era", while greeting the nation and the community of scientists on National Technology Day.
President Pranab Mukherjee pitched for stronger efforts to enable the country to secure growth at a faster pace and expressed confidence that India would be able to stop present "deceleration" in its economy.
With drug resistance threatening the battle against kala azar, which afflicts 350 million in 88 countries, a group of Indian scientists has taken a giant step to develop a potential therapy by using tiny molecules present in the body.
Farm scientists have decoded genome of piegonpea (arhar) -- the second most important pulse in the country -- a breakthrough which would help in developing new varieties and enhancing productivity of the pulse crop.