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PM Modi addressed the 108th Indian Science Congress

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the 108th Indian Science Congress (ISC) via video conferencing. The focal theme of this year’s ISC is “Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with Women Empowerment” which will witness discussions on issues of sustainable development, women empowerment, and the role of science & technology in achieving this.

About the 108th Indian Science Congress session:-

1. The theme of this year’s ISC is “Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with Women’s Empowerment.”

2. According to a government release, the session is expected to focus on sustainable development with inclusive involvement of all sections of society including women, and deliberate on holistic growth, reviewed economies, and sustainable goals.

3. A unique hallmark of the ISC this year is the ‘Children Science Congress’ being organized to provide opportunities for children to use their scientific temperament and knowledge and to realize their creativity through scientific experiments.

4. The sessions will discuss the ‘Farmer’s Science Congress’ that will provide a platform to improve the bio-economy and attract youth to agriculture.

5. The sessions will also include the ‘Tribal Science Congress’ which will provide a platform for the scientific display of indigenous ancient knowledge systems and practice, along with focusing on the empowerment of tribal women.

6. The Plenary Sessions will feature Nobel laureates, leading Indian and foreign researchers, experts, and technocrats from a wide variety of fields, including space, defense, IT, and medical research.

7. Several top leaders including the governor of Maharashtra and chancellor of Maharashtra Public Universities Bhagat Singh Koshyari, union minister and chairman of the Advisory Committee of RTMNU Centenary Celebrations Nitin Gadkari, union minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Jitendra Singh, and Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis are set to attend the event.

8. Along with this, Vice Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Dr. Subhash R. Chaudhari, and General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Kolkata, Dr. Vijay Laxmi Saxena will be present.

Background:-

  • The focal theme of this year’s ISC is “Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with Women Empowerment”. It will witness discussions on issues of sustainable development, women empowerment, and the role of science & technology in achieving this.
  • The participants will discuss and deliberate on ways to increase the number of women in higher echelons of teaching, research, and industry, along with trying to find ways to provide women with equal access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, research opportunities and economic participation.
  • A special program to showcase the contribution of women in science and technology will also be held, which will also witness lectures by renowned women scientists.
  • Several other programs will also be organized alongside ISC. Children’s Science Congress will also be organized to help stimulate scientific interest and temperament among children. Farmer’s Science Congress will provide a platform to improve the bio-economy and attract youth to agriculture.
  • Tribal Science Congress will also be held, which will be a platform for the scientific display of indigenous ancient knowledge systems and practices, along with focusing on the empowerment of tribal women.
  • The first session of the Indian Science Congress was held in 1914. The 108th annual session of ISC will be held at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, which is also celebrating its centenary this year.

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