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Indian Science Congress to focus on the underprivileged at 105th session in 2018

It will be held in Osmania University in Hyderabad.

kolkata Updated: Apr 01, 2017 17:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Indian Science Congress,Osmania University,January 2018
Union minister for science and technology Harsh Vardhan at the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai.(HT Photo)

The 105th Indian Science Congress, to be held at Osmania University, Hyderabad in January 2018, will make an effort to reach out to the poor and underprivileged through its theme, “Reaching the Unreached.”

“This is a noble effort and we hope to send out a strong message to students of science,” Achyuta Samanta, general president of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) and founder of KIIT and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) announced on Saturday. “Since we work with children from backward and underprivileged sections of the society at KISS, the subject is close to my heart,” he said.

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KISS hosted the Congress in 2012.

The 105th Congress will also host a plenary session on diseases ranging from asthma to cancer, announced Dr P P Mathur, general secretary, scientific activities, ISCA.

For the first time in its history, as many as 20 Nobel laureates from across the globe have accepted invitation to come to Hyderabad, said Samanta and Dr Ashok Saxena, ex president of ISCA.

The organisers, however, did not wish to reveal their names so early.

The journey of the Indian Science Congress started in Kolkata in 1914 at the Asiatic Society. Eminent academician Asutosh Mukherjee was its first president.

First Published: Apr 01, 2017 17:38 IST