The 99th Indian Science Congress will be held from 3-7 January, 2012, at Bhubaneswar. The Congress is being organized by the Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, in association with the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University, Bhubaneswar. Almost all major preparations for organising the Science Congress have been completed, for example (i) the Prime Minister has accepted to be the President Elect for the centenary year 2012-13 on invitation; (ii) liaison with the State Government of Orissa established; (iii) website www.isc2012.com has been hosted; (iv) Nobel Laureates have been invited; (v) Indian and foreign scientists for lectures and plenaries have been invited; (vi) selection of ISCA awardees and young scientist awardees is now complete; (vii) various industries and institutes have been invited to participate in science exhibition; etc. The Science Congress brings together scientists, science administrators, policy makers, children and youth and general public on a single platform to bring the importance of scientific enquiry and scientific research to the center stage of public awareness. It also promotes interaction among scientists from various disciplines and institutions within the country and abroad.
This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Ashwani Kumar in a written reply to a question by Shri Rajaiah Siricilla Lok Sabha today.