Scientists have placed India at forefront of the world: PM Modi

modiMUMBAI: The 102nd session of Indian Science Congress (ISC) was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday at the University of Mumbai.
The five-day event will see deliberations and presentation of papers by the scientific fraternity from across the globe.This is after a gap of 45 years that the Science Congress is returning to Mumbai and the emphasis will be on showcasing it as a science city besides being the financial capital of India, an official release said.
Mumbai has world renowned institutes like Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Tata Memorial Centre among others, which will be actively participating in the Science Congress.
The Congress Session will bring together eminent scientists, research scholars to popularise science and foster a scientific temperament.The theme for 102nd ISC is “Science and Technology for Human Development.”
Several symposia on relevant themes – Women’s Science Congress, Children Science Congress, Science Exhibition, etc will be organised during the session.A large science exhibition is being organised at the MMRDA Grounds in nearby Bandra-Kurla Complex, which will showcase various science & technology innovations by Indian firms and organisations.
ISRO and DRDO will also be participating in this mega exhibition. The Government of India is also mounting a major exhibition on ‘Make In India’ initiative.
The sessions will cover a wide variety of topics like agriculture and forestry, veterinary science, earth science, environment, engineering, information & communication, computer sciences, mathematics, medicine, biology, physics and plant sciences among others.
Other themes of interest include science & technology in SAARC countries, biodiversity conservation, space application, GM crops and the use of modern biotechnology in agriculture, clean energy systems for the future. More than 12,000 delegates from all over the country are expected to participate in the ISC 2015.
Few Nobel laureates, a number of eminent scientists and resource persons from India and abroad have been invited to participate in the Science Congress.
Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan, Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor Vidyasagar Rao will also participate in the five-day event.
The Indian Science Congress will witness public, plenary, special sessions sectional programmes. Panel discussions on subjects like role of science, technology and innovation in ensuring sustainable inclusive development will take place.
On day two, Children Science Congress and Rural Innovator’s Exhibition along with Science Communicators Meet will be inaugurated.Day three will witness inauguration of Women’s Science Congress and its different meetings associated by the culmination of Science Communicators Meet.
The valedictory sessions for the Women’s Science Congress and the Children Science will be the events for day four, while day five will see the General Body Meeting of ISCA and the closing function for the 102nd Indian Science Congress.
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 and 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine Randy Schekman will be among the eminent guests to participate in ISC.
2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh will also take part in the session.
Secretary Earth Sciences and currently ISRO’s Chairman Shailesh Nayak, Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research V M Katoch, eminent nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar are some of the other big names attending the ISC 2015.
University of Mumbai has made arrangements to web-cast some of the key sessions of the Indian Science Congress.A daily web-bulletin covering various aspects of the Congress will be compiled and published by the students of Mass Communication Department of the varsity.

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