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Science and Technology [Paper-II]:


  • PM Modi inaugurated the 107th Indian Science Congress (ISC) at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.
  • Indian Science Congress is organised by the Indian Science Congress Association every year in the first week of January.
  • PM also launched the I-STEM Portal on the occasion.

Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)

  • It is a premier scientific organisation of India with headquarters at Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • ISCA owes its origin to the foresight and initiative of two  Chemists, namely, Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P.S. MacMahon.

107th Indian Science Congress (ISC)

  • 107th ISC is being held from January 3 to 7, 2020.
  • The major events of ISC are the Science Communicators Meet, Children Science Congress, Science Exhibition and Women’s Science Congress.
  • The theme of the 2020 meet is ‘Science and Technology: Rural Development’. It will also be hosting a Farmer’s Science Congress for the very first time.
  • The Congress is a major focal point for scientists, researchers and academicians interested in various aspects of science discoveries and technologies.
  • The five-day long event aims to bring together science fraternity across the world to discuss scientific innovation and research.

Indian Scientific, Technology and Engineering facilities Map (I-STEM) Portal

  • The Portal was initiated by the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the GoI as an important national program to build a unique One Nation One Research Web Portal for scientific community.
  • I-STEM will hold the database of all the R&D facilities established in institutions around the country, and enable their sharing in a transparent manner.
  • The IP protected Portal has been built and managed by, Nanoscience Centre of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.
  • All academic institutions, national research labs, and aided/affiliated institutions with R&D facilities funded by agencies of the GoI, will be required to list them on the I-STEM Portal.
  • It is designed to be the gateway for users/researchers to locate the specific type of facility they need for their R&D work and to identify the one that is either located closest to them or available the soonest.
  • I-STEM is expected to greatly enhance utilization of R&D equipment nationwide, thereby reducing duplication and saving precious public funds.
  • It is also expected to enhance collaboration among academics, and between industry and the academia.

[Source: PIB, Down To Earth]

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