Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 104th Indian Science Congress at Tarakarama Stadium of Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh today. ‘Science and Technology for National Development’ would be the focal theme of the Indian Science Congress, Prof D Narayana Rao, General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), said. It is the second time that Tirupati is hosting the Indian Science Congress, the first being in 1983 when the 70th Science Congress was held.
He will address the gathering of eminent scientists including Nobel laureates on the occasion. The theme for the five-day event is ‘Science and Technology for National Development’. The Prime Minister will also felicitate Nobel laureates at the conclave with gold medals. Prime Minister Modi will also inaugurate ‘Pride of India’ exhibition coinciding the event.
Six Nobel Prize winners from different countries such as the US, Japan, Israel, France and Bangladesh would also take part in the event besides about 14,000 scientists and scholars from across the country. After his inaugural address, Modi, at a tea ceremony at the varsity, would hold a brief conference with about 50 people, including the Nobel laureates, eminent Indian scientists, other dignitaries and top officials, he said.
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The prestigious event is known to track the science and technology progress made in the past and act as a guiding light for the years to come.
Topics in the plenary include making Science and Technology relevant to the society by setting national priority areas, steps for ushering in economic development, with due focus on higher education and collaborative activities.
The 104th Indian Science Congress will also witness Children Science Congress to be held from January 4 to 6 at Sri Padmavati Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam aimed at highlighting the need to create awareness about science among children and elders.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Governor ESL Narasimhan would receive and accompany Modi during his six-hour visit here. A thick blanket of security has been thrown over the temple city in view of the Prime Minister’s visit and the Science Congress.