Indian Science Congress Current Affairs - 2020

I-Stem portal; DRDO Science Expo launched at the Indian Science congress

On January 3, 2020, PM Modi inaugurated the 107th Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru. He launched the I-Stem portal at the inaugural function. Also, the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) has installed more than 150 exhibits at the congress

I-STEM Portal

I-STEM is Indian Science, Technology Engineering Facilities Map. The portal will act as a gateway for the researchers and users to locate facilities that are required for their research and development work. Also, after locating the facility, the researcher can make an online reservation in order to use the facility. With this, the start-ups can leverage public and private investments and come up with successful services and products.

Initially, similar facility was operating at IISc Bengaluru and IIT Bombay. The I-STEM portal is a replica of these facilities. The facility at IISc Bengaluru was called the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE).

DRDO Science Exhibit

Around 31 DRDO laboratories have show cased more than 150 exhibits at the expo. The outdoor exhibit of DRDO technologies that were manufactured under “Make in India” include ASLESHA, ASTRA missile, Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM), Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM), Bharani, autonomous surveillance robots, etc. The indoor exhibits of DRDO includes Prithvi missiles, NAG missiles, Akash, Helina, Nirbhay, Bukhari, etc.

Indian Science Congress to begin at Bengaluru

On January 3, 2020, PM Modi will inaugurate Indian Science Congress at Bengaluru. The theme of the Congress is

Theme: Science and Technology: Rural Development

The Congress is to be hosted by Department of Science and Technology.

Highlights

The 107th Indian Science Congress is to be held between January 3, 2020 and January 7, 2020. The event will act as a common platform for researchers, scientists and academicians. Around 28 plenary sessions are to be held during the event. It includes leading technologies such as Climate Smart Agriculture for food security, challenges in cancer drugs, nano materials for energy, solutions for oil and gas, environment and health care.

For the first time, Farmers Science Congress is to be held on the sidelines of Indian Science Congress

Farmers Science Congress

The congress will cover themes of innovation on integrated agriculture. It will also focus on themes of doubling farmers income, farmer empowerment, conservation, bio diversity, etc. The experts from ICAR (Indian council of Agricultural Research) and UAS (University of Agricultural Sciences) will also participate at the event along with the farmers whose innovative methodologies have brought in huge harvests.

Children Science Congress

The Children Science Congress also called the “Rashtriya Kishre Vaiguanik Sammelana” will also be held alongside 107th Indian Science Congress. The aim of the congress is to motivate students and increase their participation in scientific and technological fields.

Apart from these, women science congress will also be held showcasing women achievements. Also, VC Science congress will be held to address the need of higher education institutions. The event will also hold Science Communicators Meet.