Indian Science Congress Current Affairs - 2019

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106th Session of Indian Science Congress Inaugurated

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress. The 106th Indian Science Congress is being held at Jalandhar. The theme of the 106th science congress is ‘Future India: Science and Technology’.

Reflecting on the theme of ‘Future India: Science and Technology’, PM Modi said that he would like to add Jai Anusandhan to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s famous slogan of Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Jai Vigyan. He gave the nation a new slogan Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan.

Indian Science Congress

Indian Science Congress is organised by the Indian Science Congress Association every year in the first week of January. The Indian Science Congress Association was started in the year 1914 in Kolkata and has a membership of more than 30,000 scientists.

The two British chemists, namely, Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P. S. MacMahon 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. This led to the establishment of the Indian Science Congress Association and the annual session of the Indian Science Congress.

106th Science Congress to be hosted by Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Jalandhar

The 106th Indian Science Congress will be held at Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Jalandhar, Punjab from January 3 to 7, 2019. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The theme for the five-day science congress is ‘Future India: Science & Technology’. It will be organised by the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), a premier scientific organisation of India.

Key Facts

The science congress will comprise of 18 plenary sessions, including those of medical, environmental, chemical and other science domains.There will also be four parallel mega events, including women’s science conference, children’s science conference; science communicators meet and science exhibition. The exhibition will see participation from national and international science companies, especially from US, Australia, Germany and Switzerland. About 15,000 delegates, including 300 top scientists and Nobel Laureates from across world are going to attend the congress.

Background

ISCA was started in the year 1914 at its headquarters in Kolkata. It organises Indian Science Congress annually in first week of January. The first meeting of ISCC was held in January 1914 in Asiatic Society, Kolkata. ISCA works under Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology (Government of India). The 105th edition of ISC was held at Manipur Central University in Imphal, Manipur with theme “Reaching the Unreached Through Science & Technology”.