Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Kolkata

Updated on: Feb 7, 2013
The Indian Science Congress Association is one of the major apex organizations in the State of West Bengal. Known also as ISCA, this apex organization  in Kolkata was established with initiative from two renowned British scientists, Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P.S. MacMahon. These two founders felt genuinely that India contains all those resources to make huge advancement in the field of modern scientific research. But proper management of all these resources is necessary and if, at the same time, a yearly meeting for research workers can be organized, then it will be of great help for advancement in the field of Indian science.

Objects of the Indian Science Congress Association:

There are certain objective foundations, upon which the Indian Science Congress Association was established:
  • For proper advancement and promotion of various causes of science in India
  • To organize a yearly congress for research workers in India at the suitable place, so that advancement in the field of science can be properly understood
  • Regular publication of different sorts of scientific proceedings, transactions and journals in India
  • Increase the rate of scientific awareness among Indian citizens
Growth of the Indian Science Congress Association:

After the first congress in the year 1914, on the month of January, the Indian Science Congress Association has grown, till date, immensely and it has established itself as a titanic figure in the science scenario of India. On its first congress the total number of scientists were only 105 while according to the latest information available, this organization is currently having member strength of more than ten thousand. Recently, number of papers to be read has enhanced to almost one thousand. Since its genesis, the existing sections of the Indian Science Congress Association have increased from six to sixteen, such as:
  • Agricultural Science
  • Anthropology & Archaeology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics & Molecular Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Earth System Sciences
  • Engineering sciences
  • Material Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Medical & Veterinary Sciences
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Psychology & Educational Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Entomology & Fisheries
Even after crossing more than 75 years of its inception, the ISCA is still growing and is recognized globally as one of the premier organizations, completely devoted towards advancement of science in India. This organization has celebrated its silver, golden, diamond and platinum jubilee of its establishment and on every single event of celebration it has opened up new horizons to encourage study, research and application of science in India.

This apex organization in Kolkata gets huge support from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, due to its huge contribution in the arena of scientific cultivation in this nation. Regular participation of foreign students and in depth exchange of views with various foreign scientific academics and associations has definitely added new dimension to the potential of the apex body. In the annual gathering of 1976, introduction of Focal Theme by ISCA was done. This introduction is regarded as one of the most important landmarks in the history of ISCA. With the introduction of this Focal Theme, this association has become a great platform where people from various disciplines can come and contribute to the discussion.

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