Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a gold medal to honour Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the opening ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai on January 3.
Professor Yunus along with four other Nobel Laureates and five scientists from India received the gold medal during the inaugural session of the Indian Science Congress in the presence of more than 20,000 strong audience including Ministers, Chief Ministers, leading scientists, Vice Chancellors of dozens of Indian Universities and delegates from India and abroad.
In the Indian PM's inaugural speech, referring to the Nobel Laureates that were honoured he said " We have here with us Nobel Laureates, whose work in science has given new hope against dreaded diseases.
We also have one whose own understanding of social science gave the poorest a life of hope, opportunity and dignity." referring to Professor Yunus and his work. Prime Minister Modi concluded his 45 minute long speech by saying that he would like to make science and technology for development as a top national priority for India.
The inaugural session was also addressed by Indian Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Maharashtra Chief Minister DevendraFadnavis, President of the Indian Science Congress Association Prof SB Nimse, among others, said a statement issued by Yunus Center.