New Delhi: The 106th session of Indian Science Congress (ISC), 2019 concluded in Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar today. The five-day session was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and attended by Union Science &Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 3rd January, 2018. As a part of the Indian Science Congress, Women’s Science Congress was held which was inaugurated by Union Minister for Textiles & Industry Smt. Smriti Zubin Iraniand concluded by Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar. Science Communicators’ Meet was inaugurated by Minister for Electronics & IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Children’s Science Congress was inaugurated by the Nobel Laureates Avram Hershko from Israel and F.Duncan M.Haldane from USA.
During five days, significant lectures from three Nobel Laureates; 20 Plenary Sessions & several sectional symposia with top authorities from DRDO, ISRO, DST, ICAR, CSIR, ICMR, AICTE, NAAC, UGC, ISCA, the USA, UK Universities, were attended bynearly 30,000 participants.More than fifteen thousand delegates participated at this scientific meet.
An exhibition ‘Pride of India’ was also held during the event wherein 150 organisations including DRDO, DST, Min/o Earth Sciences, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, NPCIL, and various other scientific departments and universities participated. The major attractions of the exhibition were the replicas of Akash Missiles, Brahmos missiles, GSLV-MK III, Astrosat satellite, INSAT-4A, IRNSS Satellite.
The major attractions were the 55-feet, 25-ton massive robot ‘Metal Magna’ installed at the entrance gate. A giant microscope and a trainer plane were also displayed.
During the ISC, a solar-powered driverless bus designed and created by the students of Lovely Professional University was also inaugurated. A Time capsule with items representing today’s technology and India’s scientific prowess was buried to be opened after 100 years.
The event played a vital role in stimulating scientific research effort and raising the scientific temperament in the country and the world. During concluding ceremony, 37 awardees in the categories of Young Scientists, Best Poster presentation and Pride of India-Science Exhibition were honoured. The event at LPU, which commenced with lighting of ‘VigyanJyot’, was handed over to General President elect for 2019 K S Rangappa for organization of 107th ISC.
While making concluding remarks of the event, General President, Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) 2019, Dr Manoj Kumar Chakrabarti highlighted that 106th edition of ISC provided the best platform to exchange ideas and innovations among scientists gathered from across the world.He also applauded the invaluable contribution of Indian Scientists and all at different events of ISC-2019, particularly the scientific temperament of people of Punjab who participated in huge numbers.