• Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has called for increase in the expenditure on research and development, R&D, by at least 2 percent from the current 1 percent by the end of 12th Five Year Plan.

  • Dr. Singh said that government is examining a proposal to build national capacity and capability in supercomputing which will be implemented by the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore at an estimated cost of Rs. 5000 crore.

  • It is also considering a proposal to establish a Neutrino Observatory in Theni district in Tamil Nadu with a proposed investment of Rs 1350 crore.

  • The Prime Minister also gave away awards to scientists for their achievements and tribals of Koraput region for the global recognition they received for conservation of bio-diversity and developing climate resilient farming systems.

  • The theme of this year’s Congress is ‘Science and Technology for Inclusive Innovation - Role of Women’.