I am highly delighted that the 107th Session of Indian Science Congress is being held at the University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore during 3-7 January 2020.
This university is a premier institution of agricultural education research in the country. It is noteworthy that more than twenty thousand delegates, including Nobel laureates, a wide cross section of all the stakeholders of science, school, college and university students, teachers, scientists from academia, industry and government laboratories, science communicators, policy makers and innovators, would be participating in this mega scientific meet.
The focal theme is “Science and Technology: Rural Development”. Rural development has assumed greater importance in India today than in the earlier period in the process of development of the country. It is a strategy package to achieve enhanced rural production and productivity, greater socio-economic equality and aspiration balance in social and economic development. ICT plays an important role in addressing these challenges and uplifting the livelihoods of rural poor. There is a compelling need for taking advantage of the recent developments in science and technology in rural areas which is the need of the hour to increase the socio-economic status of the rural population. Science and technology are two crucial components of all efforts aimed at fostering growth and socio-economic development of the nation.
In this context, the theme of 107th Indian Science Congress gains significance and provides an excellent platform for the science fraternity of the country and abroad for discussing new scientific ideas and hope to see the deliberations offer a roadmap for accelerating science and technology contributions to the improvement of living standards of rural people for their sustainable livelihoods.
I, on behalf of the Indian Science Congress Association and the host university, invite you to attend 107th Indian Science Congress to be held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru from 3-7 January 2020.
Prof. K. S. Rangappa
The Indian Science Congress Association