President Rajapaksa has emphasized to the Scholars to array themselves to work for the benefit of the country as the era in which the intelligentsia had been shackled has ended.
The President told the gathering that he believed that it was you who clearly sniff out the smell of freedom. He also believed that there should be an opportunity for the scientists to carry out research and freely announce their findings. This was mainly possible as they do not have any fear of death. This freedom now prevails in the country. As a result of the total elimination, the intellectuals now enjoy the freedom of engaging in their activities in any part of the island including the North and the East.
The Presidential Scientific Research Awards festival was held at Temple Trees under the patronage of the President. 475 Scientists who had rendered yeoman service on scientific research in several fields were honoured. It was organized by the Ministry of Technology and Research along with the National Research Council.
Minister Prof. Tissa Witharana said that directing more attention on surmounting modern scientific and technological challenges will facilitate the Government’s development programme. The Minister opined that although a colossal sum was expended on the war, a national programme on Nano technology was launched with the support of the President. This, he said helped to get involved with SLINTEC Private Limited and develop it has a BOI venture.
The Minister presented to the President the five-year plan for Science and Technology. Deputy Ministers Lalith Dissanayake and S.M. Chandrasena were among those present.