The five Es coincide with the centenary of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity - E=mc2, the world famous equation and mathematical formula published in 1916.
"We must recall the humanism that defined Einstein's thought -- concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours," Modi said in his 30-minute address in English. Asserting that nothing could be a higher duty in public life or as private citizens to leave the planet in a better state for future generations, Modi said all disciplines of science, technology and engineering should unite for the common cause. Observing that it was a privilege to begin the New Year in the company of eminent scientists and technologies from across the country and the world over, Modi said the world progressed on human instinct to enquire, explore for knowledge and address human challenges.
"Our success spans from core of a tiny atom to frontier of space. We have enhanced food and health security and given hope for a better life to others in the world," he said. Noting that people have inhabited many worlds with achievements in science and technology, the prime minister said uncertainty and despair of many living at the edge of existence have made the people look for a life of hope, opportunity, dignity and equity. Exhorting the scientific community to meet people's aspirations, Modi said the richness of the country's tradition, consciousness of modern age and strength of the commitment to world should help it to choose the most sustainable path. "The success of one-sixth of humanity will also mean a more prosperous and a sustainable future for the world. We can only do this with your leadership and support," he told an audience of around 10,000 people.
Besides Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, union Science and Technology Minister Harsha Vardhan and Bharat Ratna C.N. Rao, Indian Science Congress Association president A.K. Saxena and University of Mysore vice chancellor K.S. Rangappa were present on the occasion.