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.
Tirupati is an ancient holy city located in the south-eastern part of Andhra Pradesh. It is known as the abode of God Venkateswara and is located in the Chittoor district of the state. Situated at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, there are many major cities like Bengaluru, Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Chennai near the city. Tirupati is known for Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, which is one of the most important pilgrim sites in India and draws millions of devotees every year. The temple is located at the Tirumala Hills, which are one of the oldest rock mountains. Tirupati is considered one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites because of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, besides other historical temples, and is referred to as the "Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh". Tirupati is also home to many educational institutions and universities. For the year 2012-13, India's Ministry of Tourism named Tirupati as the "Best Heritage City".
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.