New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 108th Indian Science Congress (ISC) on January 3 via video conferencing, his office said on Sunday.
The PMO said the focal theme of this year’s ISC is “Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with Women Empowerment.”
The Congress will see discussions on issues of sustainable development, women empowerment, and the role of science & technology in achieving these objectives.
“The participants will discuss and deliberate on ways to increase the number of women in higher echelons of teaching, research and industry, along with trying to find ways to provide women with equal access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, research opportunities and economic participation,” the PMO said.
A special programme to showcase the contribution of women in science and technology will also be held, which will also witness lectures by renowned women scientists, it added.
Several other programmes are also scheduled to be held.
The event will also see a Children’s Science Congress, organised to help stimulate scientific interest and temperament among children.
The Farmers’ Science Congress will provide a platform to improve the bio-economy and attract young people to agriculture.
The Tribal Science Congress will be a platform for the scientific display of indigenous ancient knowledge systems and practices, and will focus on the empowerment of tribal women, the PMO statement said.
The first session of the Congress was held in 1914. The 108th annual session of ISC will be held at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, which is also celebrating its centenary this year.