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102nd Indian Science Congress
Jan 15, 2015

The 102nd Indian Science Congress was organized by University of Mumbai from January 3 to 7. The theme of the congruence this year was Science and Technology for Human Development. The inaugural ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Along with 10 thousand intelligent minds, leading scientists, scholars and eminent laureates also attended the event.

2001 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine Paul Nurse from London, 2002 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner Kurt Wuthrich from Switzerland, 2009 Chemistry Nobel laureate Ada E. Yonath from Israel, 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, Randy Schekman of University of California, Berkeley, were among the guests who attended the meet.

2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed Yunus of Bangladesh was also present. Former Chairman of ISRO K. Radhakrishnan, eminent nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar was some of the other big names who attended the 102nd Indian Science Congress.

Highlights

  • The parallel sessions and plenary discussions were inclusive of 18 inter-disciplinary exchanges to widen the scope of the conference.

  • Besides the main sessions and symposia, a Children’s Science Congress, a Women’s Science Congress and a Science Communicators’ Meet were also held as parallel events.

  • A science exhibition was organised at the MMRDA Grounds in the Bandra-Kurla Complex to showcase various science and technology innovations by Indian firms and organisations.

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) also participated in the mega exhibition.

  • The Congress sessions brought together eminent scientists as well as research scholars to popularise science and foster a scientific temperament.

  • The sessions covered a wide variety of topics like agriculture and forestry, veterinary sciences, earth science, environment, engineering, information and communication, computer sciences, mathematics, medicine, biology, physics and plant sciences, among others.

  • Other themes of interest included science and technology in SAARC countries, biodiversity conservation, space application, genetically modified crops, use of modern biotechnology in agriculture as well as clean energy systems for the future.

  • A session was dedicated to Innovation and Make In India initiative, while another on Ancient Indian Sciences.

Some Facts

  • From its modest beginning in 1914, in Kolkata, with 105 members, Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) has grown into a strong fraternity with more than 22 thousand members till date.

  • ISCA was conceived with an objective of advancing, promoting and furthering the cause of science in India, thus stimulating scientific research in the country.

  • For the last 102 years, the annual meet of Indian Science Congress has been witnessing a unique confluence of the scientific fraternity who share the platform to discuss the key issues pertaining to various streams of science and technology.

  • The recommendations resulting out of this brainstorming offer a framework for development of science in general and National Science Policy, in particular.

  • Luminous personalities like P. C. Ray, J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, S.N. Bose, M.N. Saha, Jawaharlal Nehru, Homi Bhabha, M.S. Swaminathan, R.A. Mashelkar, K. Kasturirangan have spearheaded various editions of Indian Science Congress as its General Presidents.


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