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  • Context (IE): The Department of Science and Technology (DST) withdrew from the funding and organisation of the 109th ISC on allegations of irregularities.
  • The 109th edition of the ISC was initially meant to be hosted by Lucknow University (LU) on the theme ‘The Global Perspective on Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future’.

Indian Science Congress (ISC)

  • The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) organises annual national-level ISC with support from DST.
  • It sees participation from institutions funded by the DST, Department of Space, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The Prime Minister always inaugurates the ISC.
  • Except for the two years following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic (2021 and 2022), the Indian Science Congress has been held every year since 1914.
  • The 108th edition of the Congress was held in Nagpur from January 3-7, 2023.

Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)

  • Founders: British Chemists, Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P.S. MacMahon.
  • First ISC: January 15-17, 1914, at the premises of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta.
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