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Science is a way of life. It is the logical, rational way of explaining things happening around us, and all over the universe at large.

Decade old fantasies are now reality by virtue of the recent achievements in science and the pace of discoveries is accelerating. Science has conferred many gifts on modern life – antibiotics, electricity, mobile phones…. far too many to be counted.

India has a long history of contributing to science and mathematics. Ancient India is replete with the likes of Aryabhatta and Varahamihra, who made path-breaking discoveries. It was in India that the concept of “zero” was first explored and realised.

In the 1920s and ‘30s, even when the world was at war, Indian scientists continued to make path-breaking discoveries with very limited resources. A significant discovery was that of the “Raman Effect” in 1928, for which Sir C.V.Raman won the Nobel Prize in 1930, which remains India’s only Nobel Prize in science.

Sadly, in more recent times, India’s contribution to the sciences has not kept pace with the rest of the world.

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