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.
Thematic Content of AIPSC
Broad structure of AIPSC
The Sessions of the Congress will be organised in the following manner:
Opening Plenary: Will be organised on the afternoon of Day 1. It will be an open session with participation from local organizations in MP as well as AIPSC delegates. The plenary will have keynote presentations by invited speakers on issues of concern for the AIPSN.
Technical Sessions: These will be organized on 7th and 8th June (Day 2 and Day 3). The programme for each of the two days will be as follows:
Two Sub-Plenaries (of 200-250 people) in the morning, each of which will have presentations on two themes. Thus each morning, there will be plenary presentations on four themes.
Workshops (of 50-100 people) in two slots in the afternoon (2 – 5 pm). In each slot 5-6 workshops will be organized in parallel. Thus there will be about 30-40 workshops organized in the two days. In each workshop, there will be 3-5 presentations by AIPSN activists and invited RPs. These presentations would set the tone for the subsequent discussions in the workshops. The presentations would be a mix of theoretical issues, perspectives and concrete experiences.
Organization session: This will be organized in the morning of the 4th day and will have discussions regarding the future direction of AIPSN.
Closing Plenary: This will be organized in the afternoon of the 4th day and will have plenary presentations from the AIPSN and by invited Resource Persons.
Exhibitions: Exhibitions on S&T issues including those on: 1) Understanding the Universe; 2) Origin of Life; 3) Environment and Climate Justice; and 4) S&T for Rural application, will be set up at the venue of the Congress. In addition, book stalls exhibiting books on science will be set up. Each AIPSN member will have a pavilion where they would depict the activities of the organisation, related to S&T promotion and popularization through charts, models and other AV media.
Cultural Presentations: There will be cultural presentations by groups from different state organizations on the evenings of Day 2 and 3.
Dialogue with youth: The congress will have separate session on 1st day evening on “Dialogue with youth”.
Cultural fest: The Congress will also have Cultural activities such as plays, music events, and film screenings.
Free Space: Free space will be available for poster presentations and also as “sell your idea” corners.