Rangappa to invite SAARC scientists to Indian Science Congress

Mar 22, 2018

Mysuru: Determined to turn this year’s edition of the Indian Science Congress (ISC) into an international success, the body’s newly elected president, former University of Mysore vice-chancellor Prof. KS Rangappa said that he would invite scientists from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to the event.
At a media interaction on Wednesday, Rangappa said, “I will work for the development of science and technology in this country. I will work for the education of the younger generations by organising more programmes at the ISC. Foreign scholars and scientists will be invited to this year’s ISC to share their thoughts and ideas, and to take up quality research work.”
Rangappa said that, among other, eminent scientist MS Swaminathan asked him to contest the elections for the ISC president’s post. “It is the largest autonomous body of science, which comes under the department of science and technology. I received 57 of the 60 votes and was elected president,” added Rangappa.

The former UoM V-C pointed to some of his illustrious predecessors who had served as ISC presidents – Prof. CNR Rao, Prof. UR Rao, Prof Raja Rammanna among other eminent scholars.

Rangappa, who is also contesting the assembly elections from the Chamaraja constituency on a JD(S) ticket, said that his party would make all efforts to get the Central University tag bestowed on UoM if it came to power in the state.

“I will put pressure on both the state and central governments to have UoM recognised as a central varsity if I get elected in the assembly polls. It will be developed along the lines of IITs and IISc. UoM has the infrastructure to be accorded the status of a central varsity,” he said.