The 104th session of the prestigious Indian Science Congress (ISC) will be held at the sprawling campus of Sri Venkateswara (SV) University, Tirupati, Andhra PradeshÂ from 03-07 January 2017. The 104th ISC shall be inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi, Honorable Prime Minister of India on January 03, 2017 as per the precedence. The occasion shall be graced by Eminent Scientists, Nobel Laureates, Dignitaries, former ISCA General Presidents, Industry Leaders, Policy Makers, Innovators, Academicians and thousands of national/international delegates.
The science and technology plays a vital role in the national development. Science is known as the study of knowledge, which is made into a system and depends on analyzing and understanding facts. Technology is basically the application of this scientific knowledge. Hence, science & technology can help generate inclusive and sustainable development in all aspects of the nation. Indian science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy.
In the wake of recent developments and the new demands that are being placed on the S&T system, it is necessary to deliberate upon some major science related issues which have relevance to national needs and will be of relevance for tomorrowÂ’s technology. The ISC at Tirupati would focus on the role of Science & Technology for development in India across all sections of the society. The theme of 104th ISC therefore, has been aptly chosen as Â“Science & Technology for National DevelopmentÂ”. It is expected that 104th Congress will give a new direction and impetus to research & development as well as policy framework and education in India aimed at all-round national development.
Sri Venkateswara University was established in 1954, on 468 acres of land, by great visionaries like Sri Tanguturi PrakasamPantulu and Sri Neelam Sanjiva Reddi, to cater the educational needs and aspirations of people of Rayalaseema Region of Andhra Pradesh. After completing 62 years of excellence in teaching, research, extension and outreach activities, the University is committed to cater to the needs of higher education offering a full range of post-graduate programs in Arts, Sciences, Law, Â Management, Education, Physical Education, Engineering and Pharmacy disciplines. From a humble beginning of one College with six departments, the University has now grown into the second largest University in Andhra Pradesh having four constituent Colleges viz. College of Â Arts, College of Sciences, College of Commerce, Management & Computer Science and College of Engineering accommodating 54 departments offering 72 programs. Today S.V.University has 443 Teaching staff, 1796 Non-Teaching staff and 6880 students including research scholars.
The University has made rapid strides in the field of higher education and research and is adjudged as one of the best Universities in the country. According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking 2016-2017 released after studying the 980 top Universities across the globe, with teaching, research, Citations, international outlook and industry income as the criteria , SVU was ranked 659th in the world, 225th in Asia, 6th in India and the first in South India. SVU also got 63rd rank at National level (MHRD-NIRF-2016) in general and 13th rank in Research and Development in particular and stood first in Andhra Pradesh State Universities. The University was accredited with Â‘A Â’Grade by NAAC in 2009.The University has achieved the First position in Andhra Pradesh and Forty Eight Position in All India Ranking (Published by CSIR-National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi, INDIA 2011).
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.