The Glorious History of Indian Science Congress
Established in 1914, Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) is the premier organisation that represents India's entire scientific community. ISCA was formed with an objective of advancing, promoting and furthering the cause of science in India, thus stimulating scientific research in India. Over the years, ISCA has been headed by luminous scientists like: Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Sir M. Visvesvaraya, Sir J. C. Bose, Prof. C. V. Raman, Sir Lewis L. Fermor, Dr. D. N. Wadia, Sir Shanti S. Bhatnagar, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, 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, Prof. Asis Datta, Dr. N.K. Ganguly, Dr T. Ramasami, Dr. G Madhvan Nair, Dr. Ashok Kumar Saxena, Prof. Narayana Rao, Prof. Achyuta Samanta etc.
From being a 150 member-team with 35 papers communicated for reading during the first session in 1914, ISCA has grown into a strong fraternity with more than 30,000 members, as on date. For the last 106 years, the annual meet of Indian Science Congress has been witnessing a unique confluence of the scientific fraternity who share the platform to discuss the key issues pertaining to various streams of science and technology. The recommendations resulting out of this brainstorming offer a framework for future projects for the government of India.
University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, a premier institution of agricultural education and research in the country, began as a small agricultural research farm in 1899 on 30 acres of land at Hebbal, Bengaluru, donated by Her Excellency Maharani Kempa Nanjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhiyavaru, the Regent of Mysore. This developed into a Residential School in 1913 at Hebbal which offered "Licentiate in Agriculture" and diploma in agriculture from1920; this School was upgraded to Agriculture College in 1946 which offering a degree programs in Agriculture.
Vigyan Jyot - Flame of Knowledge was conceived on the lines of the Olympic flame. It is a movement dedicated to nurturing scientific temper in the society, especially the youth.