The 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC) was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 January 2019 at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru.
While delivering the inaugural address, the Prime Minister said that India’s growth story depends on its achievements in the Science and Technology sector and reiterated the need to revolutionise the landscape of Indian Science Technology and Innovation. PM Modi gave the motto of “Innovate, Patent, Produce and Prosper” to the young scientists in the country, saying that these four steps will lead India towards faster development. He stated that “innovation for the people and by the people is the direction of New India”. Theme of the 107th Indian Science Congress is: “Science and Technology: Rural Development”.
 
What
  1. The five-day summit is expected to witness participation from several policymakers, scientists, academics, inventors and politicians from across the world. Two Nobel Prize winners, Stefan Hell and Ada Yonath are also expected to attend the congress and conduct lectures.
  2. The 107th Indian Science Congress aims to bridge the gap between farmer and tech-developers. Many of the innovations have helped in enhancing market access, crop productivity and diversifying rural livelihood profiles. However, the gap between the farmers and innovators has resulted in only partial exploration of the benefits.
  3. The 107th Indian Science Congress will provide the desired platform to the farmers who introduced innovations in agriculture.
  4. During the inauguration of the 107th Indian Science Congress, PM Modi also launched the Indian Science Technology and Engineering facilities Map (I-STEM) Portal.
  5. The portal has been designed to be the gateway for researchers to locate a specific type of facility they require to conduct their research and development work in India.
  6. The Union Government is aiming to harness technology at a wider scale to achieve the objectives of Good Governance, especially in the area of cost-effective agriculture and farm to the consumer supply chain.
  7. PM Modi highlighted the role of Aadhaar enabled technology, Geo Tagging and data science in the timely completion of several rural and urban projects. Besides this, digitization, the advent of e-commerce, the internet and the mobile bank has played a huge role in rural development.
  8. Technological solutions can also be chalked out for issues such as stalk burning, groundwater management, prevention of communicable diseases and environment-friendly transportation.
  9. PM Narendra Modi reiterated that Science and Technology and innovations in the sector will play a huge role in leading India’s towards its goal of achieving a $5 Trillion Economy.
Background
  1. This year, the Indian Science Congress has a special focus on rural development through science and technology
  2. To boost the same, for the first time, Congress includes a Farmers’ Science Congress
  3. Other events include Children’s Science Congress, Women Science Congress and former Vice-Chancellors’ Science Congress.