Imphal to host science meet

Imphal: A five-day Indian science congress in Imphal will mark the first anniversary of the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur.

The meet will be held from March 16 to 20 at Manipur University here, under the theme, "Reaching the unreached".

N. Biren Singh, a former Congress minister who joined the BJP months ahead of last year's Assembly election, went on to become the chief minister on March 15.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the science congress. More than 5,000 delegates from different parts of the country and abroad, including 20 Nobel laureates, will attend the meet.

The Biren Singh government began preparations for not only making the event a "grand success" but also showcasing the state to visiting delegates. Preparations are on to organise the best accommodation and sightseeing programmes for the delegates.

An official source said the chief minister bargained hard for bringing the 105th edition of the science congress to Imphal. "The chief minister is happy that the meet will coincide with the first anniversary of the BJP-led government in the state," the official said.

The chief minister has discussed with executive members of the Indian Science Congress Association, including Manipur University vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey on how to prepare for the meet, the source said.

"By showcasing the state before visiting delegates the chief minister wants to send the message that Manipur is on the path of progress. This will attract more foreign tourists and investors," the official said.

Imphal will be the second city in the Northeast to host the congregation after Shillong, which hosted it in 2009.

The latest edition will focus on promoting affordable and sustainable innovation. Discussions on science for all, science and technology fostering inclusive social development and science and society, bridging the gap through innovations will be held.

A technology-based start-up conclave will also be showcased inviting top innovators and entrepreneurial researchers. Bilateral programmes on science and technology, between India and the US, Switzerland, Israel and Australia is also on the agenda.


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