Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) campus here at Jatni, as part of his two-day visit to the state. Apart from making the campus India's greenest campus, he wants that the campus should think about implementing solar technology with zero discharge.
PM Modi was greeted by NISER Director Professor Chandrasekhar. Chief Minister Patnaik, who addressed the gathering before the PM's campus inauguration said that Biju Babu had a strong affinity towards science and technology and encouraged the youth to develop a scientific temper. It was expected that the institute would continue the tradition. He also said that they are fortunate to have an institute of such caliber at Bhubaneswar as the city had been declared the number one smart city.
PM Modi, who started his speech by greeting everybody present with "Jai Jagannath", said that he was honoured to dedicate an institute of such rapport to the nation. He would also be dedicating IOCL's oil refinery at Paradip to the nation, and visit the 12th century Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri as well.
Modi mentioned in his address that he had not been able to see any tree on the way there and therefore, asked the students to make the campus the greenest campus in India within two years. NISER has been established on the lines of IISc Bangalore and its five sister institutions IISERs that are being established at Pune, Kolkata, Mohali, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal.
The main focus of NISER is to train and nurture human resources in the field of science for the knowledge economies of the future. Focusing on the colours in the Indian flag, the PM talked about the revolutions the colours represented. Saffron represents energy revolution, white represents dairy farming and milk revolution, green represents environment and agriculture revolution, and blue represents maritime and aerial revolution.