Phagwara, Jan 3, 2019: The 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress, the largest scientific congregation in the world, was kicked off today at Lovely Professional University, the largest university in India, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
As many as 20,000 delegates, including three Nobel Laureates, from across 60 countries are participating in the 5-day-long Science Congress. The event is also playing host to about 50000 students from across the country. This is the first time that a private university is hosting the Indian Science Congress in its 100-year history.
Speaking after inaugurating the Science Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India has made significant progress in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index but a lot more was needed with respect to ‘Ease of Living’ index. He called on the scientific fraternity to develop simple and affordable technologies that can connect with the common man to increase ease of living.
Prime Minister Modi also had a ‘Chai pe Charcha’ with three Nobel Laureates who are attending the Science Congress.
“Research for research sake does not help. We are building an ecosystem to commercialise innovations to benefit the farming community and common people. We have set up more incubation centres in the last four years than in the last 40 years,” added Mr Modi.
Scientific fraternity has to come out with a way of linking scientific advances to societal development, he said, adding that more scientific work is needed in the areas of affordable healthcare, agricultural productivity, food processing and related fields.
Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan, Indian Science Congress Association General President Dr Manoj Kumar Chakrabarti and Lovely Professional University Chancellor Ashok Mittal were also present at the inaugural ceremony.
LPU Chancellor Mr. Ashok Mittal said, “We are excited to welcome the Honourable PM and the leaders of the global and national scientific community to our campus”.
The 5-day Science Congress includes a host of events with the theme ‘Future India: Science and Technology’. Children’s Science Congress and Women Science Congress are two of the key events.
The Children’s Science Congress is a unique opportunity for children in the age group of 10-17 years to showcase their innovative ideas. Over 5,000 school students, selected after qualifying in State and District level competitions, will showcase their exhibits, models, and charts.
The Women Science Congress will highlight the contribution of women in science and technology. It will have 12 women leaders and scientists delivering lectures.