SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma inaugurated the Digital Planetarium/Space Education Centre and Innovation Hub at the Shillong Science Centre, NEHU, Mawlai, on Friday.
Speaking to a gathering of school students, Conrad while congratulating the Shillong Science Centre and NEHU, said that the centre will be a place where young minds will be ignited. He said that innovation drives the economy and ensures that services and products are delivered efficiently.
“If you look today, the leading world economies are those that are driven by innovations,” he said. He informed that the Meghalaya Start-up Policy 2018, recently approved by the Cabinet provides a push and creates a platform and ecosystems for innovations to thrive. He added that it is only through innovations that the entrepreneurs and industrial sectors grow which leads to growth of economies.
“The youth of the State have great talents and potential. What is needed is to give them a thrust and help to explore and realize their talents and creativity and the inauguration of the innovation centre is a small step to spark innovation,” he said.
The Chief Minister added that the culture of science must be instilled in the students and schools need to create science clubs. He urged the students to take full advantage of the Shillong Science Centre and forever remain curious, creative and innovative.
Earlier, in his address, Director, National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata, AD Choudhury, informed that it is the mandate of NCSM to create science museums and innovative hubs and the centre in Shillong is the 34th that has been created. The Chief Minister also distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions that were held during the occasion.