The 105th session of Indian Science Congress, a gathering of scientific luminaries from countries across the world, will be held at Osmania University (OU), Hyderabad from January 3 to 7 next year, informed Prof. Achyuta Samanta, General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) at a Press Meet in Hyderabad on March 25, 2017.
“A committee was formed under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ashok Saxena, past President of ISCA to select the venue for 105th Indian Science Congress. Five reputed universities, including KIIT University, had applied to host the session. After careful consideration, the Committee recommended the name of Osmania University”, Prof. Samanta said, elaborating on the selection process.
Osmania University is one of the best, most prestigious and progressive universities of India. Having completed 100 years of existence, it is celebrating its centenary this year. “We had given a proposal to Osmania University to host the forthcoming Indian Science Congress. Osmania University gladly accepted it and gave their consent for the same”, Prof. Samanta remarked.
He thanked Shri K. Chandrashekar Rao, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Telangana for his assurance of full support to make the meet a grand success. Prof. Samanta also hoped that Osmania University will make the 105th session of Indian Science Congress a grand success as KIIT University had done, when it had hosted the 99th Indian Science Congress in 2012.
Indian Science Congress is the country’s oldest and biggest science meet, which is attended by top academicians, researchers and scientists, including Nobel Laureates, from India and abroad, besides policy makers, Union and State Ministers. It is traditionally inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
Indian Science Congress, organised annually by ISCA, is hosted by a reputed institution in different parts of the country. ISCA, supported by the Govt. of India, is the oldest and biggest scientific organization with more than 20,000 members. Indian Science Congress is held under the leadership of an elected General President. Since its inception in 1914, many eminent personalities have held the office of the General President in the past. Prof. Achyuta Samanta, a well-known educationist and social activist, has been elected as General President of ISCA for the Session 2017 – 18. He is also the Founder of KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar.
The 104th session of this prestigious meet was held at the Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati in January this year. The five-day conference was attended by half a dozen Nobel Prize winners from different countries and 14,000 scientists and scholars from India and abroad. KIIT University had the pride of hosting the 99th Indian Science Congress in 2012, where 20,000 delegates and scientists attended the session. Among others, Prof. S. Ramachandram, VC, Osmania University and Dr. Ashok Saxena, past General President, ISCA were also present.