Mysuru: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 103rd Indian Science Congress in Mysore, Karnataka on Sunday.
The event is being held at the University of Mysore from January 3 to 7 and the theme of this edition of the event is 'Science & Technology for Indigenous Development in India'.
Modi will also present 28 awards, including six gold medals to Nobel Laureates, ISCA Best Oral Presenter, ISCA Best Poster, ISCA Young Scientists, C V Raman Birth Centenary Award at the event, which is being held at University of Mysore.
The Indian Science Congress is being hosted in Karnataka after 13 years and in Mysuru after 34 years.
The Congress, with the focal theme Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India, will be addressed by over 500 eminent scientists and experts, organisers said.
They said the Congress will comprise plenary sessions, Pride of India expo, Hall of Pride, genesis symposium, Vigyan Jyot, vision talks, women and children science congress, young scientist's award, ISCA awards, science communicators meet and public lectures.
"The focal theme of this session, 'Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India' is very relevant with the present scenario of the country, when our Honourable Prime Minister has rightfully raised the slogan of 'Make in India'. I am sure that the 103rd annual session of the Congress will show endeavour to discuss about the various paths to achieve this goal," Dr Ashok Kumar Saxena, General President of the Indian Science Congress Association has said in his message.
According to the organisers, the Congress will attract 15,000 delegates from across the country and abroad from leading research institutes, PSUs, universities and industry.
Science exhibition Pride of India Expo, one of the biggest attractions, will showcase over 450 institutions from public and private sectors, displaying cutting edge innovations.
Nobel laureates including Prof John B Gurdon, Prof David J Gross, and Professor Serge Haroche are expected to attend the Congress.