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CENTENARY SESSION OF INDIAN SCIENCE CONGRESS, 3-7 JANUARY, 2013,KOLKATALike us on FaceBook: www.fb.com/youreduguideVisit: www.YourEduGuide.comAnnual Session of Indian Science Congress has emerged as a major national event. Thecentenary session scheduled for 3rd – 7th January, 2013 gains historical importance in more thanone way. Whereas the themes for all the sessions up the period of 2003 since the first session in1914 could be grouped under ‘Shaping of the Indian Science’, the theme selected for thecentenary session is “Science for shaping the future of India”.Science has remained a human activity for the formulation of knowledge. The generation of newbody of knowledge continues to be the important preoccupation of scientists. In the real world,the deployment of formulated knowledge for solving social problems has been gaining equalimportance. It is widely accepted that the future generations would rely on the power of scientificknowledge to solve problems of food and nutrition security, affordable health care challenges,energy and environment related problems, water and sanitation related challenges, etc. Science,Technology and Innovation are emerging three pillars from which future societies could not onlybenefit but also rely for solving social challenges.Support from the political will for Indian science since independence has always been total.Investments into science have increased in absolute quantum significantly during the 21stcentury, although the commitment to increase the Gross Expenditure on Research andDevelopment to 2% of the Gross Domestic Product still remains a target than reality. Realizationof a national target would demand significant increases of private sector engagement intoResearch and Development. A new policy environment for making research and developmentattractive for investment by all share holders of science seems the need of the hour.Science should emerge as a building block for the future of India. The manner in which the newScience, Technology and Innovation policy 2013 could be implemented would form the centraltheme of the annual session. A road map for investing science into the development process ofIndia is the main topic for discussion. Various economic sectors like agriculture, housing,energy, environment, health care, water, home land security, communication etc. may requirenew scientific knowledge for shaping their future. The centenary session is expected to serve as aplatform for creating coalition among all stake holders of science and society to pave a new pathof progress for the country in the emerging global knowledge economy.There are predictions that India would emerge as a major economy within the next twenty years.The centenary session of the Indian Science Congress proposes to engage the attention of thescientific community to discuss, debate and deliberate the best next ways of harnessing sciencefor shaping the future of India. All local chapters of the Indian Science Congress Association andmany State Science and Technology Councils are currently engaged in the discussion on thetheme of centenary session. Major recommendations emanating from the discussions would bepresented at the annual session at Kolkata.
International experts and leaders of many science academies are expected to participate in thecentenary session at Kolkata. Plenary, invited and theme lectures would generally focus on thetheme science for shaping the future of India. In Democratization of development choices,science could play a critical tool. Faster, sustainable and inclusive development priority of thecountry demands all sectors of growth including science find special ways for dealing with thespecial challenges of India in dealing with the diversity and dimensionality.India has followed an evolutionary path of change. Several parts of the world are adoptingrevolutionary paths of progress. In the competitive world nation states are needed to keep pacewith the rates of change elsewhere. If India were to emerge and sustain the leadership, science,technology and innovation should necessarily play a defining role. The focal theme selected forthe centenary session of the Indian Science Congress is not just a subject for discussion but afore-runner for paving actions and move of the largest democracy of the world.Sessions should be action packed. Actions for implementing policy 2013 would need to beidentified and shaped. The session should aim at galvanizing the scientific machinery to delivernew values to the country through science. International cooperation and inter connectionsamong the research competencies and resources would need to form tools for new modes ofconnecting research and development to economic development processes. The lofty goal of theentenary session of the Indian Science Congress during 3rd -7th January 2013 is to make manygood things happen in the country through science for shaping the future of India.