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PM Modi Inaugurates 108th Indian Science Congress

PM joins the inaugural session through video conferencing

PM Modi inaugurated the 108th Indian Science Conference (ISC) today through video conferencing. The Congress that began today will continue till 7th January 2023 at R.T.M. Nagpur University, Maharashtra. The focal theme of the Congress this time is- “Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with Women Empowerment”. The discussions will be focused on sustainable development, women’s empowerment and how science and technology can help achieve this. 

The session was also attended by Nitin Gadkari, Governor of Maharashtra, Jitendra Singh, Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis and many more dignitaries. 

PM Modi was also requested to become the President of ISC 2025. He talked about how India in the 21st Century has two things in abundance- data and technology. And together, these two can push India to the pinnacle of success. Additionally, he talked about the growing field of data analytics. 

PM Modi added that it made him extremely happy that the ISCs theme this year focuses on one of the most important and needed topics in the world. The amalgamation of sustainable development and women empowerment was the need of the hour and only when we work on these together, can we make progress. 

On women empowerment, he said, “Our thinking is not just that we should empower women via science but also empowering science by the contribution of women”

“Increasing participation of women is proof that women and science are both progressing in the nation”

PM also mentioned how the Indian scientific community has helped us reach 40th place in the Global Innovation Index in 2022 from 81st place in 2015. 

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In conclusion, he said that we should also focus on futuristic ideas such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Semiconductor chips and make them a part of our research and take initiative. 

What is ISC?
Indian Science Congress is an association that was started in 1914 and is headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal. The premiere association was founded by two British Chemists- Professor J.L Simonsen and Professor P.S Mac Mohan. An association that dates back to a pre-Independent era, the focus has always been on promoting science and allowing the meeting of like-minded people. The idea was to have an association along the lines of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. The ISC annual meeting always takes place in the first week of the year and focuses on different themes as selected by the association. 

The ISC sessions will also include the Children’s Science Congress and a Tribal Meet. An expo  “Pride of India” will also be put up to showcase the major developments and achievements of Indian Science and Technology. New ideas, products, and innovations will all be on display for the common public as well. 

Experts from all sectors of science and technology will be a part of this esteemed Congress and have discussions about various topics in the plenary sessions. 

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Harshita Bajaj

Harshita has a background in Psychology and Criminology and is currently pursuing her PhD in Criminology. She can be found reading crime thrillers (or any other book for that matter) or binge-watching shows on Netflix when she is not in hibernation.
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