The 102nd Indian Science Congress would deliberate on two flagship and ambitious programmes of Government of India — Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and Make in India. Along with veteran scientists, this science congress will have politicians, bureaucrats and corporate bigwigs deliberating on various aspects of science and technology for human development.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 102nd Indian Science Congress on Saturday. Nobel laureates, noted scientists as well as academics of global repute are scheduled to participate in the event hosted by Mumbai University, its Vice Chancellor Rajan Welukar said.The theme of the event, which will conclude on January 7, is ‘Science and Technology for Human Development,’ Welukar said. The inaugural session and main sessions would be held at the Kalina campus of the Mumbai University. The five-day event is expected to be attended by around 12,000 delegates, he said. The the event was held last time in Mumbai in 1969.”Science and technology has helped reduce poverty and advance prosperity. ……A nation’s progress and its human development are linked to science and technology. Science and technology can also remove national barriers, unify the world and advance peace,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the 102nd session of Indian Science Congress at the Mumbai University.Stating that he felt honoured to participate in the event, the Prime Minister added that he found science and technology an invaluable ally in governance and development. “It is a great honour to participate in the Indian Science Congress. I thank University of Mumbai for hosting it. I feel humbled by the work that scientists do. And, I find science and technology an invaluable ally in governance and development,” he added. (Read more)General president of the science congress Dr SB Nimse, who is also the vice-chancellor of Lucknow University, told dna that it is perhaps for the first time that subjects of the symposia and sessions have already been decided so that deliberations ultimately lead to larger national good.The congress is being hosted by Mumbai University from January 3 to 7 and it would be inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. Right from former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to scientific adviser to Government of India R Chidambaram, stalwart scientists like Dr Anil Kakodkar, K Kasturirangan, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Dr CD Mayee will participate in various sessions. Corporate leaders like Arun Firodia of Kinetic group of companies, Ravi Pandit of KPIT, bureaucrats like chief secretary of Maharashtra Swadheen Kshatriya and secretaries of various departments are also taking part. Union minister Prakas Javadekar would be expressing his views on science and technology in Sankrit literature while Union minister Harsha Vardhan would chair one session.Dr Mashelkar who is spearheading the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan will chair separate sessions on this subject. There will be a separate sessions on the subjects ‘Innovate and Make in India’ and ‘Role of Smart Cities in Economic Development’.Dr Kakodkar who is known for his contributions in the field of atomic energy will be chairing a session named ‘Science and Technology for Inclusive Development’. Kshatriya is participating in this session.The issue of farmers’ suicide would be touched upon and explored by Brajmohan Misra, the principal adviser for department of economic and policy reseacrh of the Reserve Bank of India. This issue will be taken care of in Bharatiya Agri-Industries Foundation’s Girish Sohani’s presentation on emergent needs and strategies that work for rural India.Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) chairperson K Radhakrishnan will make a presentation on Mars mission while principal scientific advisor to Government of India and one of the topmost scientists of the country, R Chidambaram, will lead the discussion on the subject ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Skill Development’ which is an ambitious initiative by the US government.From computing to innovation and space to ocean research, from Clean India to Innovative India — all aspects will be deliberated upon in the science congress. Around 15,000 delegates and seven to eight thousand students will participate in it. Children’s Science CongressFormer president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will interact with students at the Chidlren’s Science Congress which will be held on the sidelines. Dr Mashelkar will also interact with its participants so that the Swachh Bharat message reaches its target audience — India’s torch bearers.With inputs from Shalendra Paranjpe

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