On his first visit to India’s commercial capital after a series of corruption scandals tarnished his government’s image, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh made an impassioned appeal to Indians abroad to return home to participate in India’s progress. While calling out to Indian intellectuals abroad during his visit to Mumbai, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh recalled his own decision to quit his job at the United Nations to return home to teach at the Delhi School of Economics. The Prime Minister was addressing the audience after giving away the prestigious Infosys awards to six scientists for path-breaking research in the field engineering and computer science, mathematics, physical sciences, life sciences and social sciences. The award, which carries a prize of Rs. 50 Lakh each, is positioned as India’s equivalent of the much coveted Nobel Prize. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh lauded the awards, instituted by Infosys Science Foundation, a part of India’s second largest software services exporter Infosys Technologies Ltd, as they recognise Indian scientists working in India, especially considering that CV Raman was the last Indian scientist working in India to win a Nobel Prize in sciences. The Prime Minister recalled that words of Sir Winston Churchill and said that today the strength of a nation is not defined by its army but by its knowledge society, working force and dedication of professional work force. The Prime Minister also pointed out that today economic capacity is the only barrier to acquire knowledge. Interestingly, Professor Amartya Sen, a jury member for the awards, who won Nobel Prize for economics in 1998, was sharing the stage with PM Dr. Singh. Even as he made an earnest effort to reach out to Indian abroad, PM Dr. Manmohan Singh acknowledged the apprehension when it comes to leaving well-funded institutions abroad. But he illustrated an example from his own life. When he quit his job at United Nations, the then head of that organization and well-known Argentinean economist, Prof Raul Prebisch, told Dr. Manmohan Singh that he was “being foolish” by leaving an UN job to return to teaching in India. The Prime Minister added that “sometimes in life it is wise to be foolish,” much to the delight of an audience packed with scientists, professors and businessmen. The Prime Minister also had a message for the youth who decide to study in India despite the limitations of the education system. The Prime Minister, was in the city on a two-day visit. Maharashtra Governor K Shankarnarayanan, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Chief Mentor of Infosys N R Narayan Murthy were some of the prominent guests at the event. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, bureau report – NMTV News.
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