Vigyan Jyot (VJ) - Flame of Knowledge, is a novel initiative to popularize science and encourage it as a career amongst the youth thus preparing scientists and innovators of tomorrow. VJ was conceptualized on the lines of Olympic Torch and inspired by the vision 2020 of our former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam of making India powerful, prosperous nation by reaching the benefits of Science and Technology to every Indian and enriching the quality of life.
Vigyan Jyot shall be ceremoniously flagged off from India's capital, Delhi for the Host University. Travelling through various educational institutes in urban and rural area, spreading the awareness for Science & Technology, it shall reach Tirupati covering over two thousand kilometers.
VJ shall be received in a grand ceremony in the presence of dignitaries and students at the Sri Venkateswara (SV) University, Tirupati. It shall remain lit at the venue of the PoI expo throughout 5 days inspiring lakhs of students to take oath to contribute to the cause of science. All dignitaries and delegates to the ISC, make it a point to visit Vigyan Jyot.
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.