Fresh after Goa session of Indian Science Congress that had sent out signals of renewal of ancient Hindu science leads including Pushpak Vimana controversy to Plastic Surgery, Indian scientists will meet this year in Mysore today, Sunday Jan. 3 with focus on market-oriented “Make in India” program.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will open the congress in Mansagangotri campus of University of Mysore with several hundreds of scientists and Nobel laureates present. The Congress will last for 5 days and the highlights this year include Women’s Congress and Children’s Science Congress.
Mysore is holding the Indian Science Congress for the second time after 33 years. Last time, then PM Indira Gandhi opened it in 1982. The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) was born in 1914 when two British Chemists Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P.S. MacMahon, took the initiative thinking that scientific research in India might be stimulated if an annual meeting of researchers is held on the lines of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
At the first session in 1914, 105 members attended and 35 papers were presented at the first session, and ISCA has grown into a huge fraternity of more than 10,000 members now.
Eminent scientist C.N.R Rao will deliver a lecture on “Doing Science in India” and five Nobel Laureates – John B Gurdon (medicine, 2012) from Britain, Dass Shechtman (chemistry, 2011) from Israel, David J Gross (physics, 2004) and Arthur B. McDonald (physics, 2015) from the US and Serge Haroche (physics, 2012) from France will speak at the panel discussion on “Science & Technology: Present & Future”.
About 30 distinguished scientists will be honoured with awards, including gold medals to Nobel laureates, best presenter at the congress, best poster, young scientists and C.V. Raman birth centenary award.
About 8,500 delegates have registered for the event, besides 2,500 delegates, faculty and students. “With about 2,000 spot registrations, we expect about 15,000 people to visit the campus for the five-day fair to witness its various events, including women’s science congress, children’s science congress and communicators meet,” said Vice Chancellor K.S. Rangappa.
Plenary talks will be on nano science, space science, technology and applications , diabetes, evolution, the frontiers, atomic energy, safe water and sanitation, diseases, drug development and public-private partnerships in the Clean India mission. Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani will open the 5th women’s science congress on January 4, and Gurdon will open the children congress on the second day.
Another highlight of the event is the Hall of Pride pavilion is dedicated to eminent personalities who contributed to the growth of science and technology such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Vikram Sarabhai, Dhirubhai Ambani, G.D. Birla, Satish Dhawan, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray and Sir M. Visvesvaraya. It is dedicated to late former president Dr Abdul Kalam.