Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was on a two day tour of
Odisha inaugurated the permanent campus of the National Institute of Science
Education and Research (NISER) in Jatani near Bhubaneswar. He wants that the
campus should implement solar technology with zero discharge to make it India's
NISER Director Professor Chandrasekhar, Chief Minister
Patnaik, (who addressed the gathering before PM's campus inauguration) said
that Biju Babu had a strong affinity towards science and technology and
encouraged the youth to develop a scientific temper. Bhubaneshwar has been
declared as the number one smart city and as per the director he is fortunate
enough to have an institute of such caliber at the city.
PM Modi said he was honoured to inaugurate such an
institute. He greeted the audience by saying "Jai Jagannath". He also visited
the 12th century Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri and dedicated IOCL's oil
refinery at Paradip to the nation.
NISER has been established on the lines of IISc Bangalore
and its five sister institutions, i.e. IISERs that are being established at
Pune, Kolkata, Mohali, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal. Modi also asked students
to make it the greenest campus in India as didn't see any tree on the way.
NISER is being established to train and nurture human
resources in the field of science for the knowledge economies of the future. PM
focused on the Indian flag and said that saffron represents energy revolution,
white represents dairy farming and milk revolution, green represents
environment and agriculture revolution, and blue represents maritime and aerial
PM felicitated Google girl Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai,
student scientist Srikant Sahoo and ASHA worker Jamuna Mani, before leaving for
Puri in his helicopter.