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Science Congress promises something for everyone

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BANGALORE, Dec. 24

THE 90th Indian Science Congress being held here from January 3 to 7 next year promises to offer a rich fare to top scientists and also industry, policy-makers, academicians and students.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate it and on the second day, the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, will address the special Space Summit in a live telecast from Delhi.

The session will have six plenary sessions on energy, biotechnology, IT, medicine and immunisation; food and environment and advanced materials, which are of prime relevance today, besides 182 session hours.

With `Frontier science and cutting-edge technologies' as its theme, the congress, which returns to the science city after 15 years, is expected to have a 6,000-strong participation and 3,500 have already registered, said Dr K. Kasturirangan, Chairman of co-host ISRO and general president of ISC2003 here on Tuesday. Bangalore University, the other host, has offered its huge Jnana Bharati campus for the five-day mega event. CII and Nasscom are also sponsors of the meet.

ISRO's `Space Bridge' will showcase its technologies, achievements and live demonstration of satellite-based applications like telemedicine and Andhra Pradesh's APNet. It also expects to have principals of several space agencies to attend its exclusive summit. It also plans to bring out a report called `Space vision 2025.'

Dr Kasturirangan said the six theme sessions would be chaired by Dr R. Chidambaram; Dr Manju Sharma and Dr Asis Datta; Mr N.R. Narayana Murthy; Dr N.K. Ganguly of ICMR; Dr M.S. Swaminathan and Dr Panjab Singh; and Dr C.N.R. Rao.

A `University Meet' will address issues like falling interest for science education.

The meet offers something for every one: a Science Expo, State pavilions, a Space Galleria, and a Science for School Children session. Bangalore University has set up a special Visvesvaraya Auditorium for delegates.

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