The 101st Annual Session of Indian Science Congress (ISC) was held at the University of Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir from 3 February 2014 to 7 February 2014. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India.
The President of the 101st ISC was Prof. R C Sobti.
The theme of the 101st ISC was Innovations in Science and Technology for Inclusive Development. This is pursuance of the policy Science healing and innovative unveiled by Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on 3 January 2013 at Kolkata.
During this session, an attempt was made to showcase the recent developments in the field of Science & Technology in the country and abroad.
As many as 12000- 15000 delegates including Noble Laureates, Senior Scientists, Teachers, Young Scholars and Students had participated and present their research findings.
There was parallel sessions held at the 101st ISC. These are Agriculture and Forestry Sciences; Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences, Anthropological and Behavioral Sciences (including Archaeology and Psychology & Educational Sciences); Chemical Sciences; Earth System Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Information and Communication Science & Technology (including Computer Sciences); Material Sciences; Mathematical Sciences (including Statistics); Medical Sciences (including Physiology); New Biology (including Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology and Biotechnology); Physical Sciences; Plant Sciences during the Congress as well as separate sessions for Women Science Congress, Children Science Congress, Science Exhibition and Science Communicators Meet.
The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) owes its origin to the foresight and initiative of two British Chemists, namely, Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P.S. MacMahon.
The Association was formed with the following objectives :
• To advance and promote the cause of science in India
• To hold an annual congress at a suitable place in India
• To publish such proceedings, journals, transactions and other publications as may be considered desirable.
• To secure and manage funds and endowments for the promotion of Science including the rights of disposing of or selling all or any portion of the properties of the Association.
• To do and perform any or all other acts, matters and things as are conductive to, or incidental to, or necessary for, the above objects.
The first meeting of the Congress was held in January 1914 at the premises of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta, with the Honourable Justice Sir Asutosh Mukherjee, the then Vice-Chancellor of the Calcutta University, as President.
One hundred and five scientists from different parts of India and abroad attended and the papers numbering 35 were divided into six sections-Botany, Chemistry, Ethnography, Geology, Physics, Zoology under six Sectional Presidents.
The Silver Jubilee Session of the Science Congress was held at Calcutta in 1938 under the Presidentship of Lord Rutherford of Nelson but due to his sudden death, Sir James Jeans took the chair. It was at this Jubilee Session that the participation of foreign scientists in session of the Indian Science Congress was first initiated.
The Science Congress celebrated its Golden Jubilee in October 1963 at Delhi with Prof.D.S. Kothari as General President.
The Diamond Jubilee Session of the Science Congress was held at Chandigarh in January 1973 under the Presidentship of Dr S Bhagavantam.
The 100th edition of the Indian Science Congress was held in Kolkota in January 2013 under the Presidentship of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. The theme of the 100th ISC was Science for shaping the future of India.