The Glorious History of Indian Science Congress
Established in 1914, the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) is the premier Indian Science Community organisation. ISCA was formed with the objective of advancing, promoting and furthering the cause of science in India. Over the years, ISCA has been headed by luminous personalities and scientists like Acharaya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Sir M. Visvesvaraya, Sir J.C. Bose, Professor C.V. Raman, Sir Lewis L. Fermor, Dr. D.N. Wadia, Sir Shanti S. Bhatnagar, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Prof. P.C. Mahala Novis, Dr. Homi Bhabha, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Prof. M.G.K. Menon, Prof. C.N.R. Rao, Prof. Yash Pal, Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Dr. R.S. Paroda, Prof. S.S. Katiyar, Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Dr. Asis Datta, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Dr. N.K. Ganguly etc.
With 150 members and 35 papers communicated for reading at the first session in 1914, ISCA has grown into a strong fraternity with more than ten thousand members till date. For the last 103 years, the annual meet of Indian Science Congress (ISC) brings together the entire scientific fraternity to discuss the key issues pertaining to various streams of science. The recommendations resulting out of this brainstorming forms the basis to chart future directions for the Government of India.
The 104th ISC takes you to the city of beaches: Chennai, which boasts of its many statues, memorials and walkways. Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital of Tamilnadu. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. The Tamil film industry, one of the largest film industries in India, is based in the city; the soundtracks of the films dominate its music scene. Apart from the most popular Marina Beach, there are a quite a number of beaches and resorts between Elliot's Beach and Mahabalipuram. The most notable of these is Covelong Beach which has a cove and a fort built by the Nawab of the Carnatic. One of the most important tourist attraction of Chennai is neighbouring town Mahabalipuram, with its ancient temples and rock carvings of the 7th century Pallava kingdom. Last but not the least, this expo gives you a unique opportunity to get draped in the magic of hand-woven Kanchipuram silk sarees, a specialty that places the state on the global map.
Genesis is a one day symposium which is organized concurrent to ISC. The Genesis Conference was started in the Year 2000 with the objective of bringing Scientists, Industry, Academia and Policy Makers on the same platform to exchange ideas and explore collaborative opportunities.