Mumbai: The 102nd session of Indian Science Congress (ISC) was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday at the University of Mumbai.
While addressing the Indian Science Congress session, PM Modi said that science and technology can remove national barriers, unify the world and advance peace.
“Human development has been larger purpose and driving force of India's scientific pursuits with science helping shape modern India. Our scientists have placed us at the forefront of the world in many areas,” PM Modi said.
Heaping praise on the scientists the PM asserted, “Whenever the world shut its door on us, our scientists responded with the zeal of a national mission.”
“When the world sought our collaboration, they reached out with the openness that is inherent in our society,” he added.
PM Modi maintained that the dreams we all share for India will depend as much on science and technology as it will on policy and resources. “There is a mood of optimism for change in the country, the energy to pursue it, and, confidence to achieve it.”
The PM said it was a great honour to participate in the Indian Science Congress. He thanked University of Mumbai for hosting it.
The five-day event will see deliberations and presentation of papers by the scientific fraternity from across the globe.
The theme for 102nd ISC is "Science and Technology for Human Development."
Several symposia on relevant themes - Women's Science Congress, Children Science Congress, Science Exhibition, etc will be organised during the session.
A large science exhibition is being organised at the MMRDA Grounds in nearby Bandra-Kurla Complex, which will showcase various science & technology innovations by Indian firms and organisations.
ISRO and DRDO will also be participating in this mega exhibition. The Government of India is also mounting a major exhibition on 'Make In India' initiative.
The sessions will cover a wide variety of topics like agriculture and forestry, veterinary science, earth science, environment, engineering, information & communication, computer sciences, mathematics, medicine, biology, physics and plant sciences among others.
Other themes of interest include science & technology in SAARC countries, biodiversity conservation, space application, GM crops and the use of modern biotechnology in agriculture, clean energy systems for the future. More than 12,000 delegates from all over the country are expected to participate in the ISC 2015.