The annual event, which is on the Prime Minister’s calendar in January every year, was postponed last month for the first time in its more than a 100-year history.
Anticipating protests from students of Osmania University, where the 105th edition of the event was to be held from January 3-7, the university expressed its inability to host due to “disturbances on its campus and other reasons”.
Over the years, DAE has notched over half a dozen patents for water purification and desalination to meet what is considered a major requirement in India.
Last month, journalist Adrian Levy, working for the Centre for Public Integrity in Washington, reported that a “secret nuclear facility” was being created at Challakere amid concerns over safety from some of the local population.
“Nearly 10 per cent of the contribution in the ITER project is from India. This will help in leapfrogging India’s nuclear fusion programme,’’ former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan said Sunday.
Addressing the 103rd Indian Science Congress in Mysuru, he also said he was encouraging greater scientific collaboration between central and state institutions and agencies as part of cooperative federalism.
Narasimha said while many institutes claimed that history of science was of no value, it was important in many different ways.
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“India was the most superior power in the world not only in science but in every sphere,” said Vardhan.
The centre will comprise a museum gallery, activity hall, workshop with simple tools for fabrication work, multipurpose hall, library and outdoor science park.
The session was dominated by topics that focused on the drought situation and farmer suicides in Maharashtra.