The Telegraph
Tuesday , March 11 , 2014
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PU eyes chance to host science meet

Patna University could stake its claim to host the Indian Science Congress in 2016 if it is able to solicit the state government’s support.

If the university gets the chance to host the science congress, it would be the first time in more than 60 years. The last time Patna University, or any Bihar university, hosted the Indian Science Congress was in 1948.

Recently, the president-elect of Indian Science Congress Association, A.K. Saxena, visited Patna to attend a function. Sources said Saxena had stated if Patna University sent a proposal to host the science congress meeting, the organisation would consider it.

Saxena told The Telegraph: “If Patna University sends its proposal for hosting the Indian Science Congress Association, the organisation’s governing body would consider the proposal provided the inspection team gives its approval after a visit.”

In 2009, Magadh University had taken an attempt at hosting the science congress meet, but failed to even send a proposal. This time though the Patna University administration is optimistic about getting the state government and chancellor’s support.

Patna University pro-vice-chancellor Ranjeet Kumar Verma, a former chemistry teacher at Magadh University, said: “We failed in hosting the science congress in 2009. This time, we are hopeful of getting the chance to do so, as the chief minister and chancellor are both aware of the magnitude of the conference.”

Sources said if the university wants to send its proposal to host the 2016 meet, it should reach the organisation’s office in Calcutta before May. The vice-chancellor’s office has to send the proposal with consent from the chancellor’s office. If the proposal is accepted, major infrastructure development work, including renovation of seminar halls, have to be undertaken.

The four-day science congress is usually held in January and has 14 concurrent sessions on chemical science, physical science, new biology science, material science among others. In 2014, the meeting was held in Jammu. In 2015, it is scheduled to be organised in Mumbai. The association’s meet is a mega event as the Prime Minister, President and many Nobel laureates attend the function.

The association was started by JL Simonsen and PS MacMahon to promote research on the lines of the British Association for Advancement of Science in 1914.