Dr Jitendra Singh addressing the media to announce a new program of the Ministry, ‘Maithreyi International Visiting Professorship’, in New Delhi on October 11, 2014. Secretary, Departments of Biotechnology, Science & Technology and Scientific & Industrial Research, Dr K Vijay Raghavan and the DG CSIR, Dr P S Ahuja are also seen
Detailing the scheme, Dr Jitendra Singh, minister of science and technology who recently launched it in New Delhi said that through this unique initiative, each year, 12 leading international scholars in Science and Technology, from across the globe will be invited to visit India.
The visiting professors will deliver three talks, one each in a school, a college, and a research institution. All these talks will be recorded and made available worldwide on the Internet. The video version of the talks will have transcripts in Hindi and English and possibly in several other Indian languages. A live web-interaction session with the visiting professor on Rajya Sabha Television is also envisaged.
Dr Singh further elaborated that this professorship will be beneficial in the sense that through it, 36 talks and 12 TV/Radio interactions every year by the world's best will bring the greatest in the scientific world face-to-face to all of India. The globally accessible recordings of the talks will also take science back to the whole world. Sharing knowledge worldwide will inculcate Maithreyi's desire for knowledge amongst the young and make knowledge the agent of change.