Nobel Laureate Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, who attended the Indian Science Congress held in Mumbai in 2015 and called it a “circus” as very little science was discussed, is annoyed at the outrageous statements made by a few speakers at the Congress held in Jalandhar this year. In an email interview, he talks about the steps needed … Continue reading Talks at the Indian Science Congress need to be vetted by serious committees, says Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
The Indian Science Congress Association has finally decided to bring some respectability to the Congress by deciding to do precisely what the Nobel Laureate Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan had suggested in an email to me. With the government funding the Congress in a substantial way and patronising it with its presence, was the Association compelled to … Continue reading Indian Science Congress sans drama from 2020?
It was not a question of whether but when a scientific institution would hold a conference, meeting or workshop on astrology, or permit such a meeting or workshop to be held in its premises. And the waiting has come to an end. Come November 25-26, 2017, the Indian Institute of Science Alumni Association (IIScAA) will … Continue reading Alas, astrology workshop to be held at IISc in November
"There is no session on 'Science and spirituality' in the 104th Indian Science Congress being held in Tirupati," D. Narayana Rao, the General President of the Indian Science Congress clarified to me. Dr. Rao's clarification was in response to what Dr. P.M. Bhargava had told in a press conference in Hyderabad a couple of days … Continue reading ‘There is no session on science and spirituality at the Indian Science Congress’
"Few practising scientists of note consider the [Indian Science] Congress an important event. Pomp and ceremony take precedence over substance,” P. Balaram, former Director of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, wrote in a December 10, 2012, editorial in the journal Current Science. The inclusion of a section on “Ancient sciences through Sanskrit” at … Continue reading Indian Science Congress: An annual ritual losing its meaning
The 102nd Indian Science Congress being held in Mumbai will be remembered for a very long time to come, but for all the wrong reasons. For the first time, the science congress had a session on “Ancient Sciences through Sanskrit”. If the Indian Science Congress had long lost its eminence as a forum where … Continue reading Editorial: Mythology and science