“I, for one, have benefited immensely from his wise counsel. I thank him for sharing my vision to orient science towards development and prosperity of India founded on the basis of inclusion and equity,” the prime minister said. He rejuvenated the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and even now, he continues to devote himself to creating state-of-the-art facilities and nurturing a vibrant group of scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, Singh noted.
The government has conferred many awards and recognitions on Rao in the past, including Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan.
“Now, by conferring the Bharat Ratna on him, we are recognizing his larger and towering presence in our overall national life, and also the role and impact of science on India’s march to progress. The recognition is, in this sense, also recognition of the nation to the unsung heroism of Indian science,” Singh said. (PTI)