Indian Science Congress Association

Indian Science Congress Association

Indian Science Congress Association

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Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) is a premier scientific organisation of India,started in the year 1914, with Headquarters at Kolkata.. It meets annually in the first week of January every year.


The ISCA was established by two British chemists, Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P.S. MacMahon to promote scientific research in India. It was established on the lines of British Association for the Advancement of Science. As per tradition, Indian Science Congress has always been inaugurated on the 3rd of January by the Prime Minister of India and is chaired by the Chief Minister of the state in which it is held.


The Association was formed with the following objectives

  • To advance and promote the cause of science in India
  • To hold an Annual Congress at a suitable place in India
  • To publish proceedings, journals, transactions etc.
  • To popularize science.

Indian Science Congress meets

The first meeting of the congress was held from January 15–17, 1914 at the premises of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta. Honorable justice Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, the then Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University presided over the Congress. One hundred and five scientists from different parts of India and abroad attended it. Altogether 35 papers under 6 different sections, namely Botany, Chemistry, Ethnography, Geology, Physics and Zoology were presented. The ISCA has now grown into a strong fraternity with more than twelve thousand members.

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