File photo of The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi at the inauguration ceremony of the 102nd Indian Science Congress, in Mumbai on January 03, 2015. (PIB Photo)

102nd Indian Science Congress Begins; ‘Scientists Placed India at World’s Forefront’, Says PM

The five-day 102nd Indian Science Congress (ISC) was inaugurated in Mumbai by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday amid high praise for the country’s scientists who he said “have placed us at the forefront of the world in many areas.”

Addressing the Indian Science Congress 2015, Modi said, “Whenever the world shut its door on us, our scientists responded with the zeal of a national mission.” He added, “When the world sought our collaboration, they reached out with the openness that is inherent in our society.”

The programme organised by the Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, will revolve round the theme of ‘Science and Technology for Human Development’ and is being hosted by University of Mumbai from today, January 3 to 7.

On Friday, an official has declared that Mumbai will be branded as “Science city,” considering its contribution in the fields of science, technology, medicine and research in the congress.

Meanwhile, University of Mumbai vice chancellor Rajan Welukar said in Mumbai on Friday, “We shall brand Mumbai as ‘Science City’ because of this great city’s contribution to the field of science and related aspects.” He pointed out that Mumbai has institutions of repute like the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and others.

“The contribution of Mumbai to science is well known… We would like this even to be an event of Mumbai city rather than just the university,” Welukar said.

The ISC will cover 14 broad segments such as agriculture and forestry, animal, veterinary and fisheries, anthropological and behavioural, chemical, earth systems, engineering, environmental, materials, information and communications, mathematical, medical, new biology, physical and plant sciences.

The ISC’s mega-science expo, to be held at MMRDA Grounds in the Bandra-Kurla Complex, next to the ISC venue, has been titled ‘Pride Of India’ and will showcase cutting-edge technologies and path-breaking research and development initiatives, schemes and achievements of the country’s leading public and private sector players, government departments, research labs, educational institutions and allied sectors.

Apart from the main ISC event, there will also be a Women’s Science Congress, Children’s Science Congress and a Science Communicators’ Meet.

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