Indian Science Congress at Hyderabad postponed at the last moment

Indian Science Congress at Hyderabad postponed at the last moment

The 105th session of the Indian Science Congress to be held at the Osmania University in Hyderabad has been postponed at the last moment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to inaugurate the five-day Congress – an annual congregation of thousands of scientists including Nobel laureates – on January 3, 2018.

“I have been informed on Wednesday by the Indian Science Congress Association about the postponement as the Osmania University expressed its inability to host the event,” Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, department of science and technology told DH.

The decision on the venue was taken by the ISCA almost a year ago in concurrence with the host university, the state government, DST and the Prime Minister's Office.

While the reasons behind the deferment are not clear at the moment, sources said an ego clash between the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, coupled with student agitation was probably the triggering factors for Osmania University to withdraw at the last moment.

The General President of the 108th session of the Congress was Achyut Samantha, who heads the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT); Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).

Government sources said such last minute cancellation of the science congress is unheard of in its 104 years of history.

In October Telangana Forests Minister Jogu Ramanna said nearly 30 Nobel laureates would attend the meet.

ISCA and host university are in charge of organising the event whereas the financial support comes from the DST.

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