Author: Biplab Ghosh

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The All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) organizes the XVIIth All India People’s Science Congress (AIPSC) in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on June 6-9, 2022 which got delayed by 2 years due to Covid 19 pandemic with the Central Theme – The Idea of India. The Congress will involve participation of 400 delegates from across the country and shall address issues related to science and technology, clustered into different thematic areas. Delegates to the congress will represent a spectrum of representation, including scientists, academics, policy makers, activists working at community levels, etc.
The Congress is being held against the background of an extraordinary situation due to the Covid 19 pandemic and for the Peoples Science Movement. COVID-19 has had a severe influence on billions of people who are all fighting for lives to be saved, families to be supported. During these exceptional circumstances, AIPSN’s role in combatting the Covid 19 and its impact on society’s most vulnerable groups has become critical, particularly in distant places where government services are strained.
The Indian Constitution and its core values of secularism, pluralism, non-discrimination and equality of all before the law, social and gender justice, are becoming extremely important. The values constitute the Idea of India forged by the national movement for Independence, with participation of various political streams and people of all communities. Planned socio-economic and industrial development, with a major role for self-reliant science and technology (S&T) and a scientific attitude among the people, were also integral to these ideals and the path charted by our young Republic through its early post-independence decades. The All India Peoples Science Network is committed to these ideals and considers them to be essential for the future of India.

AIPSC: Previous Congresses
The All India Peoples Science Network organizes the All India Peoples Science Congress periodically, as an occasion to share experience among member organizations and to work out directions of working in the future. The XVIIth All India Congress is to be organized in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in June 6-9, 2022. The local organizations responsible for organizing the Congress will be MP Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, MP Vigyan Sabha, Eklavya in association with the National Secretariat of the AIPSN.
Following is the chronology of previous Congresses organized by the AIPSN:
AIPSC Venue Year Local Organising Group(s)

First Cannanore 1987 Kerala Shastra Sahita Parishad
Second Calcutta 1988 Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha
Third Bangalore 1989 Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishad
Fourth Mumbai 1990 Marathi Vigyan Parishad
Fifth Hissar 1992 Haryana Vigyan Manch
Sixth Hyderabad 1994 A.P. Jana Vigyan Vedika
Seventh Bhopal 1996 Madhya Pradesh Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Madhya Pradesh Vigyan Sabha
Eighth Nalanda 1998 Bihar Gyan Vigyan Samiti
Ninth Chennai 2001 Tamilnadu Science Forum
Tenth Shimla 2003 Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti
Eleventh Guwahati 2006 GVS-Assam, Assam Science Society
Twelfth Ranchi 2008 BGVS Jharkhand
Thirteenth Thrissur 2010 Kerala Shastra Sahitya Parishad
Fourteenth Lucknow 2013 Gyan Vigyan Samiti, UP
Fifteenth Bengaluru 2015 Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Karnataka
and Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat
Sixteenth Bhubaneshwar 2018 Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Odisha

The AIPSN Congress is an occasion to share experiences, learn from other partners, and develop plans for co-ordinate programs that promote the AIPSN’s primary objective of promoting and popularizing issues related to S&T.