So, the Indian Science Congress is happening at the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University in Rajendranagar. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had come so did Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and all the famous senior scientists. The right messages were given and the meet also helped in bringing young researchers, teachers and scientists together from different corners of the country to interact with each other and also get to meet some of the celebrated names of science and technology.

Yet, the general feeling among those who have been to this mega event for several years is that the very objective of the meet has undergone a change. Gone are the days when important scientific breakthroughs are announced or progress in pure science research projects or thrust areas of scientific development for the next few years.

Public participation too has more or less depended on how the meet was being organised. "It has become more like a get-together for many but of course also an opportunity for universities to bring the best scientific brains to their home ground," said a senior wag.

V.Geetanath