On the last day of the 100th Indian Science Congress, the venue of the science meet was abuzz with young students and scholars from all over the country getting ready to leave the city. They were taking last minute photos with new friends and in front of banners, luggage and laptops could be seen strewn all over the Calcutta University’s Tech campus and loud “down-down” slogans were shouted from impatient youngsters who were yet to receive their certificate of participation.
Despite being rich in biodiversity and having perfect conditions for fishery and agriculture, farmers in the Dhalai district of Tripura barely managed to eke out a living. This has changed now as a presentation made by Ratan K Saha at the Indian Science Congress shows.
100 years after the first Indian Science Congress took place in Kolkata, the centenary session was inaugurated today in the same city, with a mild chill and gloomy weather for company. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, general president of the science congress, also unveiled the Science Technology and Innovation Policy, 2013, (STI) while stressing the need to spruce up agricultural growth in a country with an overwhelming rural population.
To integrate scientific innovation in every day life, the Centre has proposed a new policy called Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The policy will be approved at the 100th Indian Science Congress, which will be held in Kolkata on January 3-7, 2013. The policy draft, put up on the website of the Department of Science and Technology, was open for public comments till November 22.
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