During the Anniversary Meeting (28-30 December 2016) the following two Symposia, six award lectures besides the anniversary address by President, INSA were organized:
Symposia (28 December 2016):
• Food Security in a Changing World
(Convener, Dr Anindita Bhadra, Chair, INYAS)
The following lectures were delivered during the above mini symposia:
Plenary Talk on Food Security and Climate Change : An Economist’s View
by Dr Leena Srivastava, Vice-Chancellor, TERI; Genetically Modified Crops and Food Security
by Dr Riffat John, University of Kashmir; Applications of Omics Data in Agriculture : An Emphasis on Abiotic Stress
by Dr Charu Lata, NBRI, Lucknow; Climate Change and Food Security
by Professor MS Sheshshayee, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru; Food Security through GMOs: Indian Scenario
by Dr KP Arun Kumar, CDFD, Hyderabad.
• NISER: A Brief Scientific Journey
(Convener: Professor V Chandrasekhar, FNA)
The following lectures were delivered during the above mini symposia:
Four-helix bundles in de novo protein design
by Dr Rudresh Acharya, School of Biological Sciences, NISER; Selective Catalytic Hydroelementation and Deuteration of Organic Compounds
by Dr C Gunanathan, School of Chemical Sciences, NISER; Rankin-Cohen brackets on Jacobi forms and Siegel modular forms and Certain Dirichlet series
by Dr Brindaban Sahu, School of Mathematics, NISER; Exploring Nanomagnetism
by Dr Subhankar Bedanta, School of Physical Sciences, NISER; The Phase Diagram of QCD
by Dr Bedangadas Mohanty, School of Physical Sciences, NISER.
INSA Award Lectures (28-29 December 2016):
• The Golden Jubilee Commemoration Medal – Chemical Sciences (2013) Lecture on Single Molecule Magnet Behavior in 3d/4f and 4f Complexes
by Professor V Chandrasekhar, FNA
• Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal (2016) Lecture on The Degenerating Brain: Mechanisms to Therapy
by Professor V Ravindranath, FNA
• CV Raman Medal (2016) Lecture on Atoms and Molecules in a Confined Environment
by Professor N Sathyamurthy, FNA
• Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal (2013) Lecture on Urban Health and Climate Change- A Systems Approach
by Professor Indira Nath, FNA
• Sunder Lal Hora Medal Lecture (2014) on Making Headway from Genome Architecture to Genome Medicine with Impressive Technologies and Big Data
by Professor BK Thelma, FNA
• INSA-Vainu Bappu Memorial Award (2016) Lecture on X-ray Emission from the Solar System Bodies
by Dr Anil Bhardwaj, FNA
• Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Lecture (2014) on Plant Survival under Stress Environment
by Professor Sudhir K Sopory, FNA
The summaries of the lectures delivered are given at Annexure-I
Anniversary Address (30 December 2016):
• How and Why I do My research: Some Reflections on the Pursuit and Evaluation of Science
by Professor R Gadagkar, FNA, President, INSA
Anniversary General Meeting
Professor LS Shashidhara, Vice-President presented a small demo about INSA App during the Anniversary General Meeting.
After the presentation, the regular agenda items were taken up.
1. Condolence at the passing away of the distinguished Fellows:
The sad demise of Professors BB Chattoo, MGK Menon, V Ramamurti, Vijiay Kumar Sharma, BLK Somayajulu, JP Thapliyal and Dr Subrahmaniam Nagarajan esteemed Fellows of the Academy was reported. The obituary notes were read by the President, INSA and all those present stood in silence for a minute as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
2. Confirmation of minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 18 October, 2016.
Professor JP Mittal gave a brief overview of the issues discussed in the Annual General Meeting of the Academy held on18 October 2016 at IIT, Guwahati. The minutes were thereafter confirmed by the members of the general body.
3. Announcement of the award of the General Medal / Lecture due for the year 2017.
Professor JP Mittal announced the names of the recipients of General Medal / Lecture due for the year 2017 as follows:
4. Announcement of the award of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Popularization of Science for the year 2017.
INSA Medal for Promotion and Service to Science to Professor Goverdhan Mehta, FNA
Daulat Singh Kothari Memorial Lecture to Professor D Balasubramanian, FNA
Professor JP Mittal announced the names of the recipients of Indira Gandhi Prize for Popularization of Science for the year 2017as follows:
5. To announce the results of voting regarding amendment of INSA Rule 56.
1. Jointly offered to Professor Arnab Bhattacharya, TIFR, Mumbai and Dr Narottam Sahoo, Senior Scientist Gujarat Council of Science City, Ahmedabad (Career scientists)
2. Mr. Pallav Bagla (Media personnel)
Professor JP Mittal, Vice-President informed to Fellowship the results of Voting regarding amendment of INSA Rule 56. The amended Rule 56 as follows:
6. To announce the names of INSA Srinivasa Ramanujan Research Professorship, INSA Satyendra Nath Bose Research Professorship and INSA Platinum Jubilee Chair for Promotion and Service to Science.
No person appointed as a salaried employee in the INSA Secretariat shall have the privilege of voting. If any Fellow be appointed to any such office, he/she shall not be entitled to vote at the meeting of the Academy as long as he/she continues to hold it but shall not be deprived of his/her other privileges of Fellowship.
This Rule will be included in the Year Book 2018.
Professor JP Mittal, Vice-President announced that INSA Srinivasa Ramanujan Research Professorship has been awarded to Professor R Balasubramanian, FNA.
7. To read names whose nominations have been received after the last Annual General Meeting on 18 October, 2016 to 15 December, 2016 for election as Fellows of INSA.
Professor JP Mittal, Vice-President mentioned that 114 nominations for the fellowship were received in the Academy.
8. To report appointment/ retirement of staff of the Academy since last Anniversary Meeting.
9. A brief presentation on INSA Journals by Professor SC Lakhotia, Vice-President.
Professor JP Mittal announced the names of the those staff members who appointed and retired during the year 2016 (list at Annexure-II)
Professor Lakhotia made a request to all the Fellows, INYAS Members and the Young Scientist awardees to contribute to INSA journals. They may periodically submit their own contributions (original paper, scientific reviews/ commentary/book reviews etc.) to the Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy. It is important for everybody to make serious efforts to upgrade the visibility of our journals. He mentioned that the Web of Science of Thompson Reuters is available through NKN network in INSA premises. This information will be available in all the guest rooms so that Fellows and others coming to INSA can make use of this facility.
10. Remarks by Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar, President, INSA
Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar briefly spoke about his tenure as President of the Academy which was extremely enjoyable. His interactions with INSA Office-Bearers, Council members, Fellowship at large and the INSA staff was very rewarding. One of the major initiative taken by him was the establishment of Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS). Professor Gadagkar’s highlighted the major challenges which the Academy should look into in future such as ethics and etiquettes, inclusivity, policy advice, and social sciences and humanities. He specially pointed out the ethical issues involving filing and updation of a nomination for the fellowship. The issue of conflict of interest should be strictly observed in the Academy. They should clearly identify cases involving family members on one hand and students and professional colleagues on the other.
11. Admission of Fellows under Rule 11
The fellowship should make special efforts to involve more women scientists, younger nominees, nominees from traditional universities and not so endowed institutions, nominees who are involved in major national technological missions where they are at a loss as compare to those who publish papers and obtain patents.
Globally all the leading world science academies are expected to provide their governments with well conceived, evidence based advice on all matters where science has a role to play. In some academies, like US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London, this is ingrained in their constitution. For an Academy like ours, we have to find clever ways of acquiring an advisory role for ourselves.
With the rapid growth of science, it is now being felt that the boundaries between natural science, social science and humanities are porous and gradually dissolving. Most of the societal problems should be viewed integrating all forms of knowledge. There is an urgent need to build an interactive community of multidisciplinary scholars to add value to the expertise available from all disciplines.
Professor Gadagkar, during his tenure, has been able to push some of these challenges into action and he opined that these efforts will continue in future. A detailed note on this subject is available as guest editorial in proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, Vol.82, No.5, December 2016.
12. Presentation of awards:
a) INSA Teachers Award
Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar, President INSA inducted 30 Fellows (list enclosed at Annexure-III
). The newly elected fellows took the oath, signed the fellowship register and received the fellowship scroll from President INSA. They were also presented with Fellowship tie and the lapel pin/ scarf.
b) INSA Medal for Young Scientists
c) INSA Medal for Young Historian of Science
13. Presentation of mementos to outgoing Officers and members of the Council of INSA.
13 INSA Teachers Awardees received the INSA Teachers award from President INSA. In addition, of the 22 Young Scientists selected in 2016, 18 received the INSA Medal from President INSA and out of 2 Young Historian awardees only 1 received the INSA Medal from President INSA. The list is given at Annexure-IV.
Before the presentation of mementos to the outgoing office-bearers and members of the council, Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar warmly felicitated Dr Alok K Moitra, formerly Executive Director of the Academy. He was joined by Professor Rajendra Prasad, Vice-President, INSA in felicitating Dr Moitra. A small gift was presented to him on behalf of the Council. Thereafter, Professor Gadagkar presented the shawls to the following retiring members from Council: Professor JP Mittal, Professor Rajendra Prasad, Vice-Presidents and Professor R Ramesh, Member (Other members: Professor Rajesh Gopakumar, Professor Deepak Mathur, Professor KN Pathak, Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Professor VK Singh, Professor BC Sinha, Professor SS Katiyar and Professor Indranil Manna were not present during this function). He profusely thanked the members of the Council for their continued support to him in carrying out the programmes during his tenure as a President of the Academy.
14. Felicitation of Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar, President, INSA by incoming President, Professor AK Sood.
At this stage Professor AK Sood, President-Elect was invited to the dias. He presented the shawl to out going President and also presented an album containing representative photographs highlighting the major activities of INSA during the tenure of the President-ship of Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar. Professor Sood thanked Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar for guiding the Academy and initiating many new programmes under his leadership. He expressed confidence that this support and guidance will be useful to the Academy for times to come.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.