“Whenever the world shut its door on us, our scientists responded with the zeal of a national mission,” Modi said while addressing the 102nd Indian Science Congress 2015.
“When the world sought our collaboration, they reached out with the openness that is inherent in our society,” he added.
He also added that the poorest should also have access to science and technology.
“To me, the arms of science, technology and innovation must reach the poorest, the remotest and the most vulnerable person,” Modi said .
He added: “Our investments in science and technology are far too concentrated in the agencies of central government and must become more broad-based.”
The prime minister also said that there was “mood of optimism for change in the country, the energy to pursue it, and confidence to achieve it”.