Nagpur: Come the month of January, the city will witness one of the biggest events in the form of the Indian Science Congress. Over 20,000 delegates from India and abroad are expected to throng the city for the 108th edition of the prestigious event, being organized by the university on its campus till January 7.
Four Nobel laureates are also expected to participate in the same event – ‘Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with Women Empowerment’.
The mega event to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being organized in the city after a gap of 49 years. Also NU hosted the 61st edition of ISC in 1974 – ‘Mathematics – Queen or Handmaiden’ – when RS Mishra was also the President of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). PM Indira Gandhi also participated in this program.
GS Khadekar, the local secretary of the event, told TOI that among the four Nobel laureates, Adah Yonath and Sir James Fraser Stoddart had confirmed their participation.
Stoddart is a British-American chemist who is also a professor of chemistry
“The names of the other two will come out once they are confirmed. We have also invited Nobel laureates including Kailash Satyarthi. who campaigned against child labor in India, Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, founder of Grameen Bank, who pioneered the concepts of microcredit and microfinance,” They said.
Yonath is also an Israeli crystallographer best known for his pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome. She is also the current director of the Helen and Milton Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Stoddart is a British-American chemist who is also a professor of chemistry. And also heads the Stoddart Mechano-Stereochemistry Group in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University in the United States. Both of them were awarded the Nobel for their pioneering work in chemistry.