Lovely Professional University (LPU) located on the GT Road near Jalandhar is all set to give a red-carpet welcome to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi who will inaugurate World’s largest science meet ‘Indian Science Congress (ISC)-2019’ at its campus on January 3rd 2019. At the inaugural of this 5-day mega event is based on the theme ‘Future India: Science and Technology’, the PM will address about 30,000 delegates including many Nobel Laureates, Union Cabinet Ministers of India, science policymakers, administrators, eminent scientists, young men-women researchers and school children from across India and abroad. Union Science and Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Textile Minister Smriti Irani will also attend the event. During the event, around 100 odd conferences and events of scientific and technology origin will also be held, where eminent personalities from DRDO, ISRO, DST, AIIMS, UGC, AICTE and many elite universities of USA, UK, India and other countries will participate.Union Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan says that the 106th edition of Science Congress with its theme of FUTURE INDIA – Science and Technology would help showcase what is being done, what can be done and what would define the future of Science and Technology in India. “Government’s aim is to deliver the benefits of Science & Technology to the last man in the society and scientists being a pivot should put their heart and soul into finding new solutions to the problems facing the nation and improve the quality of life of common man”, said Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Dr Manoj Kumar Chakrabarti, General President, Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), informed that Nobel Laureates who will be participating include German-American biochemist Prof. Thomas Sudoph, who has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work on vesicle trafficking; a Hungarian-born Israeli biochemist and Nobel laureate in Chemistry Prof.Avram Hershko; and, a British born physicist Frederick Duncan Michael Haldane who has been awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. The 106th session of ISC will be a milestone for the future development of India since it is going to provide a great platform to exchange ideas and innovations among young minds, says Dr Chakrabarti. Ashok Mittal, Chancellor of Lovely Professional University, has expresses his happiness on organizing one of the foremost scientific events of the world, which interests the international scientific community. Mr Mittal added, “a special ‘Solar powered Multi-Seated Driver-Less Bus’ is also designed and created by our engineering students, and this will ferry PM Modi to the ISC venue. It is the only second time for a University of Punjab to organize this herculean science spectacle.
Schedule of the mega event
On the 2nd day (4th January 2019) of the ISC, Children’s Science Congress will target 10-17 years of children for carrying forward innovation and research in science to a next level. Nearly 150 science projects finalized by DST are to be showcased, and children will also have the opportunity to listen, interact with eminent scientists and Nobel Laureates. On the third day (January 5th), two-day Science Communicators’ Meet- 2019 will be inaugurated, where the main aim will be to brainstorm ways of dissemination of scientific information and inculcation of scientific attitude among masses. ‘Women’s Science Congress’ will showcase the contribution of women in Science, Technology and the Society on January 5th. Renowned women scientists and leaders from Government, academia and industry will be delivering lectures and participate in panel discussions. There will also be 14 Plenary Sessions chaired by science and technology stalwarts. ‘Pride of India’ Expo, to be organized separately under six gigantic stalls specially raised at LPU Campus, will be a major attraction of the ISC-2019. In the Exhibition, CSIR, ISRO, DAE, ICMR, DST, DRDO, ICAR and some others, will participate to popularize science amongst the youth to further prepare brilliant scientists and innovators of tomorrow.
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