NRC activated to fulfil promises made by Mahinda Chintanaya - Prof.
COLOMBO: Science and Scientific Research is the backbone of economic
prosperity and development of any country and in particular to Sri Lanka
and the National Research Council (NRC) has been activated to fulfil the
promises made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his 'Mahinda Chintanaya',
observed Prof. E.H. Karunanayake.
Calling a press conference at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday
Prof. E.H. Karunanayake explained to the media the objectives of the
NRC, stating that its general objectives were to plan and co-ordinate
the research effort of researchers and facilitate their research in the
public sector Scientific Research and Development Organisation in Sri
Lanka, so as to build, strengthen and derive the maximum benefit to the
country from a vibrant national research community.
Specifically, the NRC will strive to promote, direct, and evaluate
research of scientists in Scientific Research and Development (R&D)
organisations, direct the Science and Technology research effort of the
country within a well planned Science and Technology Research policy and
an Action Plan which is closely linked to the National development
framework already laid down.
It will encourage and strengthen co-operation among researchers in
Science and Technology in Sri Lanka on the one hand and between them and
the international research community on the other. It will also provide
access to such researchers to global scientific and technological
research knowledge and such activity.
Advisor to the President on Scientific Affairs, Mahinda Chintanaya
and Contribution of Research to National Development Prof. P. W.
Epasinghe said that the funding for Scientific Research comes from the
Tax Payers' pocket directly as grants from the annual budget and
therefore, the scientific community is answerable to the people of this
country for the monies obtained and spent on scientific research.
He pointed out that while pure research should not be eliminated
fully, it was however necessary for the people who finance it, to feel
that they obtain a return or at least some benefit in the future.
As people are represented by their parliamentarians, they too need to
be convinced regarding the annual allocations of funds for scientific
research. He said further that the people gave a mandate to President
Rajapaksa to implement the 'Mahinda Chintanaya', and it is their duty as
state sector scientists to be dedicated towards the fulfilment of them.
Prof. C.A.N. Fernando told the journalists how 'Nano Technology'
could be put to use in Sri Lanka and explained to them the pros and cons
of the said technology.
The Scientists also responded to queries of the journalists as to
their priority areas, which they said was in agro based industries. They
opined that their deliberations would also minimise the 'Brain Drain',
which has had a great impact for the detriment of our country in science