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New Delhi : Union Science & Technology, Health & Family Welfare and Earth Sciences Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Posts, Education and Electronics & IT Sanjay Dhotre on November 2, 2020, released the Special Cover of Department of Posts for commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Department of Science & Technology (DST) at a function in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Vardhan said, “Our scientists have proved their mettle in all fields of science at international level, be it in Artificial Intelligence, Nano Technology, Data Analytics, Astro-Physics, Astronomy,  Atomic Clock, and many more areas.”  He revealed that today India has international collaboration with over 80 countries in various scientific areas.  He recalled that as the Science & Technology Minister for the last six years, he has visited each and every laboratory in the country and has seen with pride how our scientists work tirelessly irrespective of even adverse circumstances such as the one which the present Covid-19 situation has presented, to achieve new benchmarks, according to a PIB release.

Dr Vardhan also dwelt on what he called as “Prime Minister’s call for Scientific Social Responsibility, where every work of science must enable better life for the people.” He also thanked the Minister of State for Posts, Education and Electronics & ITi Sanjay Dhotre for the “Historic Special Cover to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the DST”. He also recalled “how he loved to write letters to family members and receive their replies with such keenness and that he is still preserving those fond memories in trunks-full-of-letters.”

Sanjay Dhotre applauded the achievements of the DST and said, “The Department of Posts also feels proud in providing Special Cover for the DST highlighting its immense achievements.” He said, “Our scientists have contributed a lion’s share in India’s development.” He said, “With  reach of Department of Posts all across the country, this Special Cover will enable everyone to appreciate the role our scientists have played in taking the nation forward and benefitting the poor.” He said, “Department of Posts enjoys the tag of Most Trustworthy agency of the Government of India that connects all people, even in the most adverse situations.”

On the occasion, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Professor Ashutosh Sharma pointed out the support provided by DST to India’s network of scientific institutions and its reaching out to a wide stakeholder base, has played a crucial role in India’s international achievements in the scientific field which are evident with indicators like scoring of global third rank in scientific publications, rise in innovation index among others.

Department of Science & Technology is celebrating its 50th anniversary from May 3, 2020, to May 3, 2021.  The Department has planned several events to commemorate the Golden Jubilee year. DST was established in May 1971 with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to function as a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country.  Vineet Kumar Pandey, Director General (Posts), senior officials of DST and DoP were present at the event.