Chennai to host next Indian Science Congress

Staff Reporter

Topics to be covered include renewable energy, climate change

Space summit will also be organised

Children's Science Congress also planned

CHENNAI: The 98 {+t} {+h} Indian Science Congress will be held at SRM University, Kattankulathur, between January 3 and 7. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Monday, university Vice-Chancellor P. Sathyanarayanan said the Congress was being organised in Chennai after 12 years. The theme of this edition would be ‘ Quality education and excellence in scientific research in Indian universities.'

The university was inspected for its infrastructure, facilities such as conference halls and auditoria, as about 7,000 participants, including Nobel laureates, students, researchers, academics and scholars were expected for the event. “The host must also have adequate hostel facilities so that participants' accommodation is taken care of,” Mr. Sathyanarayanan said.

K.C. Pandey, general president-elect, Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), said the Congress sought to promote science. “The quality of teaching has gone down tremendously. Fewer students are attracted to scientific research. We are not getting good scientists. Therefore, the sciences must be promoted.”

The topics to be covered and discussed through research papers would cover areas such as new power and renewable energy, climate change and food security, water resources management, genetic engineering and biotechnology, maternal and child health care, frontiers in new biology, emerging trends in biomedical research, nanotechnology, information technology for rural development and e-education for national growth.

As many as 14 sessions would be held simultaneously, in addition to special lectures. A space summit will be organised in collaboration with organisations such as the Indian Space Research Organisation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and space research agencies in other countries.

A Children's Science Congress is also being planned. Ashok K. Saxena, general secretary, ISCA, said they were also considering student exchange programmes as part of the Children's Science Congress.

Organisers said they were exploring the possibility of making registration free. They would approach the industry and government agencies for sponsorship of the event, whose estimated budget is Rs.12 crore.