Bhubaneswar: Known as father of India’s green revolution professor MS Swaminathan appreciated Odia student Sarthak Pradhan for his continuous effort of popularizing science in the public sector. Sarthak received an appreciation mail from the famous Indian geneticist yesterday.
Swaminathan’s appreciation letter reads,
I am extremely happy that you (Sarthak) are popularising the work of Indian scientists. I shall go through your paper carefully. Please do continue this work.
Sarthak, a final year BSc student of Ravenshaw University has been writing about Indian scientists and their incredible research works regularly in an Odia newspaper for two and half years. Starting from scientists of ancient India like Aryabhatta , Charaka to modern Indian scientists, through his write up he has succeeded in creating a science-minded atmosphere among the readers.
Sarthak says ,
Almost everybody is unaware about the scientific excellence Indian scientist have achieved. Most of the theories were discovered by Indian scientists. But due to lack of proper recognition, they are hidden from the world scenario. So the motto is to create self reliance among the readers about our scientists and their research excellence.
Sarthak has completed success stories of 100 nos of scientists, cosmonauts, environmentalists and mathematicians. He has also presented success stories of numerous Odia scientists. This work of popularizing science is appreciated by Prof Swaminathan.
Prof Swaminathan is now serving at his own research institute .i.e. M S Swaminathan Research Foundation. He is known as the “Father of Green Revolution in India” for his leadership and success in introducing and further developing high-yielding varieties of wheat in India.
Swaminathan is an advocate of moving India to sustainable development, especially using environmentally sustainable agriculture, yipee sustainable food security and the preservation of biodiversity, which he calls an “evergreen revolution. From 1972 to 1979 he was director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture from 1979 to 1980. He served as Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (1982–88) and became president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 1988.
In 1999, Time magazine placed Swaminathan in the ‘Time 200’ list of most influential Asian people of the 20th century.