The 102nd Indian Science Congress 2015 was hosted by and in association with the University of Mumbai. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which is a flagship project of respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, became a core point of discussion.
RA Mashelkar, a veteran scientist has been appointed as the chairman of the technological expert panel for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. “The major issue is about using the toilets and not about building them. The themes of Make in India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are related to science and through the Indian Science Congress; the technologically and socially sound models presented and suggested in the congress will encourage people to find more such solutions,” said RA Mashelkar.
Dr. Uday Salunkhe, director of Welingkar Institute presented his ideas and innovations on Clean India. Joining him in the session were Sudheendra Kulkarni of Observer Research Foundation, Rajeev Kher of 3S and Saraplast, Pradeep Lokhande of Rural Relations and Swapnil Chaturvedi of Samagra.
Mahatma Gandhi, a pioneer and inspiration for Swachh Bharat, gave an equal importance to sanitation over political independence. “It should be a government backed people movement,” said Sudheendra Kulkarni while citing the Mahatma’s example.
On concluding the session, Mashelkar expressed gratitude and promised to convey the session’s suggestions to the Prime Minister.
Dr. Uday Salunkhe’s views on Clean India came strongly in support of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. His opinions and ideas on the subject were highly appreciated by all attendees.