Bhubaneswar, Jan 7 (IANS) The centenary of the Indian Science Congress (ISC) will be held in Kolkata next year, it was announced here Saturday.
The 99th edition of the ISC concluded at Bhubaneswar Saturday, ringing down the curtain on the five-day mega science event which witnessed 35 special lectures and 30 plenary sessions and panel discussions.
''The event was a great success and saw participation of several eminent scientists, delegates, Nobel laureates and scholars,'' said 99th ISC general president Geetha Bali.
B. Hari Gopal, advisor, science and technology to the prime minister took charge from Bali for the 2013 congress. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the president of the 100th Indian Science Congress which will be held at Kolkata.
The 99th edition of ISC was inaugurated by the prime minister on Jan 3. More than 15,000 delegates, including scientists and students participated in the event held at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT University).
The theme of the conference was ''Science and Technology for Inclusive Innovation - Role of Women''. Along with the event Women''s Science Congress and Children''s Science Congress were also organised.
The five-day event saw a ''Pride of India'' expo and other programmes. Experts from various science and technology related fields took part in the event which saw a huge attendance of school children from across the country. Around 250 delegates from abroad including NRIs and several Nobel laureates participated in the ISC.
Besides the emphasis on women and children, the other issue in focus at the Congress were missiles.
India''s premier military weapons developer, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) displayed models of the Agni, Prithvi, Nag, Akash, BrahMos and Astra missiles. Departments from various government departments and private organisations and industries exhibited various research modules and programmes.
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