May 2019: A three member committee of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) consisting of Dr. Vijay Laxmi Saxena, the General President (Elect), Dr. Manoj Kumar Chakraborty, the immediate past President of ISCA and Dr. Ashok Kumar Saxena, the past General President of ISCA visited SRM University-AP, Amaravati on 16th May and held discussions to organize the 108th Indian Science Congress at SRM University-AP, Amaravati between 3-7 January, 2021.
Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, President, SRM University-AP, Amaravati, Prof. D. Narayana Rao, Past General President of ISCA and Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Registrar and Dr. B. Siva Kumar, Dy. Registrar welcomed the high level committee members. Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan chaired the meeting.
The ISCA committee along with senior functionaries of the university visited lecture halls, halls for plenary sessions, hostel accommodation, the inauguration and science exhibition venues and other facilities. Prof. D. Narayana Rao made a presentation on SRM University-AP, Amaravati and Dr. B. Siva Kumar explained to the committee the logistic facilities available at the university to organize the Indian Science Congress.
The Indian Science Congress Association comprises eminent and established scientists, academicians, planners and science administrators of the government of India funding agencies and research scholars. The Indian Science Congress is held annually during 3-7 January. India has the unique distinction where a major science event is customarily inaugurated by the nation’s Prime Minister who then unravels the scientific agenda of the country before a large and wide scientific community.
The Indian Science Congress also provides an opportunity for scientists and academicians of different disciplines to interact and formulate interdisciplinary research programs.
According to Prof. D. Narayana Rao, the ISCA committee were very much convinced that SRM University-AP, Amaravati has the necessary facilities, expertise, and commitment to organize the Indian Science Congress. “Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan and I are hopeful that the university will have the opportunity to organize the event in January 2021 and this prestigious opportunity will enable SRM AP to gain exposure to varied scientific research possibilities which will further improve its research programs and facilities.”