Chennai to host 98th edition of Indian Science Congress

Chennai: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the 98th edition of Indian Science Congress, to be held here for five days from January 3, 2011.

The Congress, hosted by the SRM University, would be attended by over 7,000 delegates from India and abroad, including some Nobel Laureates, Indian Science Congress Association president K C Pandey reporters here on Monday.

The theme of the Congress would be 'Quality Education and Excellence in Scientific Research in Indian Universities'. The theme was chosen as there was a need to create proper facilities and environment for research in Indian universities to carry out innovative work at the cutting edge of Science and Technology, he said.

"Besides the theme session, there will be 14 sessions including on science and challenges in new power and renewable energy, climate change and food security", he said.

SRM University vice chancellor P Sathyanarayanan said that it has been proposed to conduct a space summit in collaboration with ISRO, NASA, European Space Association and Japanese Space Exploration.