Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 108th Indian Science Congress through video conferencing on Tuesday, being hosted by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) at its Amravati Road Campus. The theme of the event this year is Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with Women Empowerment.
While the prime minister will tune in via video conference, several Nobel Laureates, leading Indian and foreign researchers, experts, and technocrats from a wide variety of fields, including space, defense, IT, and medical research are expected to attend the event during the day.
The Ministry of Science & Technology said that the technical session of the Indian Science Congress has been divided into 14 sections under which parallel sessions will be conducted at different venues in the university’s Mahatma Jotiba Phule Educational Campus.
Meanwhile, there will also be a Women’s Science Congress, a Farmers’ Science Congress, a Children’s Science Congress, a Tribal Meet, a section on Science and Society, and a Science Communicators’ Congress. The congress will showcase path-breaking and applied research in the fields of agriculture and forestry sciences, animal, veterinary and fishery sciences, anthropological and behavioural sciences, chemical sciences, earth system sciences, engineering sciences, environmental sciences, information and communication science & technology, material sciences, mathematical sciences, medical sciences, new biology, physical sciences, and plant sciences.
The prominent developments, major achievements, and significant contributions largely of Indian Science and Technology to society will be showcased in the exhibition. Ahead of the inaugural session, the Vigyan Jyot program, a tradition of the Indian Science Congress was held on Monday. “More than 400 school and college students gathered at Zero Milestone and, wearing special caps and T-shirts, proceeded in a rally to the university campus. They took a pledge to adopt scientific thinking in their lives,” the Ministry added in a statement.