Science Congress to focus on 'Make in India'

Science Congress to focus on 'Make in India'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the five-day 103rd Indian Science Congress (ISC) at the amphitheatre on Manasagangotri campus of the University of Mysore here on Sunday.

Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Y S Chowdary, General Secretary of ISC Ashok Saxena and Vice Chancellor of UoM K S Rangappa among others will be present during the inaugural ceremony, which is scheduled to start at 10 am.

The 103rd edition of the Indian Science Congress is themed ‘Science and Technology for indigenous development in India’. The theme is in tune with the ‘Make in India’ campaign conceptualised by Modi.

More than 5,000 speakers will share their knowledge and work in the sessions, spread over five days, in halls and auditoriums across the city.  

On the inaugural day, all sessions will held in the amphitheatre. The first session will be Sir M Visvesvaraya endowment lecture by Bharat Ratna C N R Rao. It will be followed by two special sessions featuring a speech by Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman from Israel.

From day 2, morning sessions will take place in four different auditoriums of the university — BIMS Auditorium, B M Shri Auditorium, Senate Hall, and Vigyan Bhavan. In the afternoon, sectional sessions will take place in various places and departments of the university. In sectional sessions, 14 major streams of science, including Agriculture and Forestry Science, Animal, Veterinary and Fisheries Sciences, Anthropological and Behavioural sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth System Sciences, will be discussed.

Nobel laureate John B Gurdon, Manjul Bhargava, David J Gross, Dan Shechtman, and Serge Haroche will deliver the talks. Public talks have three major scientists C N R Rao, Kasturirangan and Goverdhan Mehta.

Women’s Congress
The ISC also features a Women’s Congress, which will be inaugurated on January 4 by Smriti Irani, Minister of Human Resources Development. The Children’s Science Congress aims at encouraging Indian children, who are into innovations. A Science exhibition has been organised, which would display Science projects and instruments. Besides talks and discussions in the field of Science and technology, there will be cultural events in the evenings. A large food court has been set up in the sports complex of the university. It serves breakfast, lunch, dinner.
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