The 98th Indian Science Congress concluded at the SRM University, near Chennai, on Friday.

Delivering the valedictory address, SRM University chancellor T.R. Pachamuthu said the current event had been hosted at an estimated outlay of Rs.12 crore.

While the executive committee of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) remained the apex body, the university had formed 26 committees to make the event successful.

There were 17 plenary sessions and 14 sectional programmes dwelling on the focal theme, including six lectures by Nobel laureates, attended by more than 8,000 delegates.

The discussions held and resolutions made in the congress are appropriate in the context of private participation supplementing the efforts of the government in the education sector, underlining the importance of enhancement of quality of education and research in Indian universities, he said.

General president of the congress Prof. K.C. Pande and SRM University vice-chancellor P. Sathyanarayanan spoke on the occasion. Awards were presented to the best poster designs and exhibits at the conference.

The 99th Indian Science Congress will be held in Bhubaneswar during January 3-7, 2012. The focal theme will be ‘Science and technology for inclusive innovation, the role of women.'

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