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Many firsts to Indian Science Congress

R. Ravikanth Reddy

Plenary on rural development in SAARC countries


  • First one to be hosted by an agricultural university
  • Prime Minister to present National Science Award of Rs. 25 lakhs
  • State's policy of using technology in development reflects in the theme
  • The event coincides with 100 years of agriculture education in the country

    HYDERABAD: The 93rd Indian Science Congress being hosted by Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University has many firsts to its credit.

    It is the first to be hosted by an agricultural university and the first with a theme on rural development and technology.

    For the first time, a National Science Award carrying prize money of Rs. 25 lakhs is being given at the Congress by the Prime Minister.

    The Young Scientist Award, given to a three persons in every section, will now be confined to just the most deserving candidate and the prize money too has been enhanced to Rs.25,000 each from the present 5,000.

    Moreover, the President of India will present the award rather than the president of the Congress. Brahmos, the anti-ship missile developed by India, will be there for public display for the first time while SAARC makes a debut in the Indian Science Congress with an exclusive plenary listed on rural development in the SAARC region with participants from all SAARC countries.

    The theme - "Integrated Rural Development: Science and Technology" -- itself is first of its kind in the Congress' history. "Linking technology with rural development is the need of the hour and the theme here also reflects the State Government's policy of using technology for rural development," says general president of 93rd Indian Science Congress and eminent scientist I.V. Subba Rao.

    Farmers' participation

    Speaking to The Hindu , Prof. Rao says another first is the opportunity given for farmers to exhibit their expertise gained through experience. From the age-old theme of "Lab to land" the focus will now also be on "Land to Lab".

    "Entrepreneurs who wish to showcase their experience have been given a stall at the venue," Prof. Rao says. The Congress also coincides with 100 years of agricultural education in the country. The first agriculture college was established in 1905 in the undivided India at Layalpur, now renamed as Faisalabad in Pakistan.

    A session has been dedicated to discuss the centenary of agriculture education and results it has produced.

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