On 3rd January 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress. The PM reached Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh for the inauguration ceremony that took place at Tarakarama Stadium of Sri Venkateswara University.
The theme of the Indian Science Congress is “Science and Technology for National Development” as announced by Prof D Narayan Rao, General President of Indian Science Congress Association. This the second time the Indian Science Congress is being held in Tirupati, earlier it was in the year 1983.
Before the commencement of the ISC, Prof Rao said, “PM Narendra Modi will address the gathering of eminent scientists including Nobel laureates on the occasion. The theme for the five-day event is ‘Science and Technology for National Development’. The Prime Minister will also felicitate Nobel laureates at the conclave with gold medals. Prime Minister Modi will also inaugurate ‘Pride of India’ exhibition coinciding the event.” In this event, all the all the contributions that have been made in the field of Science and Technology will be tracked and that will also help all the scientists in their research in the same.
Around 14,000 scientists and scholars are taking part in the five-day event. While Six Nobel Laureates from US, Japan, Israel, France and Bangladesh were felicitated for their achievements, one such award got mixed reviews. Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad University Appa Rao Podile was conferred with the ‘Millennium Plaques of Honour’ at the ISC. He was given the honour for his outstanding contribution in the field of biotechnology and also for his work in higher education.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the scientists for their hard work and said, “Our scientists have strongly contributed to the strategic vision of the nation.” He also added that now is the need to think of Scientific Social Responsibility, just like Corporate Social Responsibility. It would lead the institutions deepen their connect with all the stakeholders, PM said. “By 2030, India will be among the top three countries in science and technology” PM added.
In this five-day event, Children Science Congress will also take place. The duration of the same is from January 4 to 6. It will be held at Padmavati Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam. The aim behind this is to create awareness among kids about Science.