Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Indian Science Congress’s 102 session which is scheduled to be held on January 3 in Mumbai to be attended among others many Nobel laureates and globally-renowned scientists with its central theme being ‘Science and Technology for Human Development’.
The inaugural session and main sessions will be held at the Kalina campus of the Mumbai University, with an estimated 12,000 delegates, before its conclusion on January 7. The science congress was held In Mumbai last time in 1969.
The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) was born in 1914 with the initiative of two British Chemists Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P.S. MacMahon, who thought that scientific research in India might be stimulated if an annual meeting of research workers somewhat on the lines of the British Association for the Advancement of Science could be arranged.
From 1914, with 105 members and 35 papers presented at the first session, ISCA has grown into a huge fraternity of more than 10,000 members now.
Symposia on relevant themes like the Women’s Science Congress, Children’s Science Congress and a science exhibition would be organised during the session, Mumbai varsity Pro-Vice chancellor Naresh Chandra said.