Indore : During an interaction with the media, principal scientific advisor to Government of India, Dr Rajagopala Chidambaram shared that India cannot think about zero carbon emissions, like most developed countries because that would mean increasing electricity consumption by 6-8 times, on Monday.
“During the energy transformation period to solar energy, we have to find to ways to reduce carbon emission,” he said. Having said that, he shared that they are working on making ‘advance ultra super solar critical thermal plant’, which enhances the power emitted by burning of coal.
Discussing the budgets, he said that there are no predictions about the allocation of amount to technology as of now. “PM Narendra Modi has been talking about gravitational wave and other technologies, so obviously his interest is vested in technology,” he said.
Further, talking about supporting technology he said that there are other ways to fund scientific development. “We get funds from DST, defence and can get them from industries, if we have global competitive technology,” Chidambaram said.
Talking about developments and future of India, Chidambaram said, “For excellent research and innovation ecosystem, we need talented students to enter the field of science.” Justifying how it can be done, Chidambaram said that India needs to make careers in the field of science attractive.
In proposed action plan for India, Chindambaram concluded, “We need to concentrate on building critical products for India and boost our education system while reaching out to rural areas.”