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2012 Year of Mathematics in India


New Delhi, 3 January 2012: Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today inaugurated the 99th session of the Indian Science Congress (ISC) 201 at Bhubhaneswar in Orissa.

Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that we must aim to increase the total R&D spending as a percentage of GDP to at least 2 per cent by the end of the XII Plan Period from the current level of about 1 per cent. This can only be achieved if industry, which contributes about one-third of the total R&D expenditure today, increases its contribution significantly. The Prime minister informed that a proposal is under consideration 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. The Prime minister gave away awards to the eminent persons in the field of development of science and technology.

On the occasion, the Governor of Odisha, Shri M. C. Bhandare, the Union Minister of Science and Technology, Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Shri Ashwani Kumar were present. An Exhibition of scientific innovations and models was also organized. This was the third time that Odisha hosted Science Congress. Earlier, the 49th Science Congress was organized in Cuttack in 1862 and the 64th at Bhubaneswar. Around 15 Nobel Laureates and noted speakers from various countries and India are participating.

He also declared the year 2012 as the Year of Mathematics in tribute to the great Indian scientist MS Ramanujan.

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