• The Assam Kaziranga University,Koraikhowa, NH-37, Jorhat 785006, Jorhat, Assam.


Event Highlights :
Chairman, Inaugural Session: Dr V K Saraswat: Member, NITI Aayog and Chancellor, JNU | Public Lecture: Padma Vibhushan Dr K Kasturirangan | Lead Talks: Senior Scientists of International Eminence | Invited Talks: Recent Bhatnagar Awardees from Different Disciplines | Careers in Science and Technology: Students- Bhatnagar Awardee Interaction | Research Strategies for Excellence: Faculty- Bhatnagar Awardee Interaction | Poster Presentations by Students and Young Scientists


In spite of a glorious scientific past and unmatched potential, India currently doesn’t enjoy an undisputed leadership position in science and technology. While there may be many reasons, from historic to economic, it is urgent and critical that a systematic, inclusive and holistic analysis of India’s Science and Technology policy is carried out along with identification of implementable steps. Undoubtedly, this topic is of active interest among several ministries and agencies; however it is necessary to obtain the inputs from the recognized practitioners of S&T; ALIST aims to obtain such inputs from the cutting edge of Indian S&T.

Broad Goal

ALIST aims at an assessment of Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities and Threats (SCOT) Analysis for creating a roadmap for India to achieve global leadership and high societal impact in science and technology.

Objectives: ALIST will address the following topics towards formulating an implementable roadmap for achieving global leadership in S&T for India

  • Challenges in India becoming a S&T superpower: A SCOT Analysis
  • Creating Breakthroughs in S&T in India: From Education to Innovation
  • Identification of Potential Areas for Leadership: S&T Forecasts
  • The Elements of Indian Research Ecosystem: Science, Policy, Industry, Society
  • S&T Applications for the Masses: Product Vs Outreach

Exhibition on: Science and Technology Solutions for Sustainable Development


The Keynote Address, Lead Talks as well as the Chairs of the ALIST sessions will be by eminent scientists with proven credentials. The Invited Speakers of ALIST will be recent recipients of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award. In addition, a few registered participants will be allowed.

Structure:ALIST will be organized in six technical sessions, including a plenary and a synthesis session. The two interactive sessions: Students-Awardee and Faculty–Awardees sessions, are aimed at inspiring and encouraging young and upcoming scientists. The synthesis session will be devoted to arriving at precise and concise recommendations and roadmap for achieving global leadership for India in science and technology. Further, the aim of the event is to bring together leading scientists, academicians, researchers, research scholars and students to exchange and share their experiences and research results covering broad spectrum of topics related to Engineering Sciences, Medical Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences and Basic Sciences.

The events will include

  • Keynote Address and Lead Talks By Eminent Scientists
  • Technical Presentations By Bhatnagar Awardees
  • Student-Bhatnagar Awardee Interactions: Science, Technology and Career
  • Faculty-Bhatnagar Awardee Interactions: Research Strategy
  • Poster Sessions on Ideas by students/Young Researchers/Faculties


The deliberations of the event, after review, will be published as proceedings or in Journals or as Short Communication in following ways.

  • Abstract will be published in book proceedings with ISBN number
  • Selected papers from the conference will be published as a proceedings book volume.
  • Selected papers will be published in special/regular issues renowned Journals

The Organizers:

Situated in the “Knowledge City”. Jorhat, The Assam Kaziranga University is a private university having six different academic schools covering a range of disciplines e.g. Engineering & Technology, Social Sciences, Basic Sciences, Computing Sciences, Health Sciences and Business. Since its establishment, the university has been involved in different academic, research and skill development programmes designed to achieve sustainable development and empowerment of people all around North-Eastern Region (NER) by tapping best available opportunities in the rapidly evolving global world.

The Institute of Frontier Science and Application (IFSA) is an organization under Science for Inclusive and Integraded Development Trust (SIID), a public interest charitable Trust. IFSA is devoted to multidisciplinary research that relies on an Information Technology enabled global virtual platform comprising scientists, scholars and thought leaders.

The Location:

Jorhat, with its pleasant climate and green vistas, is a place to live in, to explore and to fall in love with! It is a historic city, with many monuments of historical/cultural/religious interests in and around it; several famous wildlife parks, like the Kaziranga National Park and the Dihing-Patkai sanctuaries are within easy driving distances. It is well connected by road, rail and air; the Roroia airport is less than 20 minutes drive from the university. Already celebrated for its natural assets, cultural diversity and rich heritage, Jorhat is now evolving as a thriving metropolis. In the recent times, Jorhat has glorified the already laudable richness of the North-East by developing itself into a hub of education. The proposed Cultural Programme will provide an opportunity for the participants to visit some of these sites.

Organizing Committees

A National Organizing Committee (NOC) will design the technical programme, identify and invite the speakers and ensure overall effectiveness of the meeting. A Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will ensure the smooth conduct of the meeting, including the Interaction Sessions.

National Organizing Committee (NOC)

Chairman, NOC:

  • Dr. Prashant Goswami, Chairman, Institute of Frontier Science and Application (IFSA)

Co-Chairman, NOC: 

  • Dr. P. K. Mishra, Vice Chancellor, The Assam Kaziranga University

Member, NOC:

  • Dr. G. Narahari Sastry, Director, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat
  • Dr G. Prathap, Former Director, CSIR NISCAIR and Former Vice Chancellor, CUSAT
  • Dr Sujatha Ramdorai, School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research *
  • Dr Mitali Mukerji, Head, Department of Bioscience & Bioengineering Faculty, IIT Karwar
  • Prof. B N Goswami, Department of Physics, Cotton University

Local Organizing Committee (LOC):

Chairman, LOC:

  • Dr. T VVLN Rao, Professor, Dean, SET, KU

Co-Chairman, LOC:

  • Dr. Jayanta Kr. Sarmah, Professor, Dean, SBS, KU
  • Dr. Utpal Barman, Dean Research & Associate Professor, IT & CSE, SET, KU

Member, LOC:

  • Dr. Gitumoni Konwar, Dean, SHS, KU
  • Dr. Rajesh Jesudasan, Dean, SOP, KU
  • Dr. Manvinder Singh Pahwa, Dean, SOB, KU
  • Prof. Ratan Kumar Saha, Professor, Dean, SCS, KU
  • Dr. Chandra Kanta Gogoi, Professor & Dean, SSS, KU
  • Dr. Ritunjoy Bhuyan, Professor, Dean, CoE & Skill Development, KU
  • Dr. Arpita Basak, Professor, Dean, IQAC, KU
  • Mr. Bobby Roy, Chief Marketing Officer, KU
  • Prof. Puranjoy Das, Dean, CDPC, KU


16:00 -19:30 Inaugural Function

16:00 Welcome: Co-Chairman, National Organizing Committee

16:10 Opening Remarks: Chairman, National Organizing Committee

16: 20: Chief Guest’s Address by: Padma Vibhusjan Dr K Kasturirangan, Former Chairman, ISRO and Former member, Planning Commission

16:40: Chairman’s Address by: Dr. V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog, and Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

17: 00: Keynote Address- To be announced

17: 30: Students-Awardee Interaction Session: Science, Technology and Career

18:30: Faculty-Awardee Interaction Session: Research Strategies

19:31: Vote of Thanks

9:30-11:30 Technical Session I (Making India a S&T superpower: A SCOT Analysis)

9:30-10:00 Lead Talk

10:00-11:00: Invited Talks

11:00-11:30 Break /Poster Session 

11:30-13:30 Technical Session II (Creating Breakthroughs in S&T: From Ideas to Solutions)

11:30-12:00 Lead Talk

12:00-13:00 Presentations/Invited Talks

13.00- 13:30: Poster Session

13:30-14:30: Lunch/Poster Session  

14:30-16:00: Technical Session III (Potential Areas for Leadership: S&T Forecasts)

14:30- 15:00: Lead Talk 

15:00- 16:00: Presentations

16:00-16:30 Break/Poster Session 

16:30-18:00: Technical Session IV (The Elements of Indian Research Ecosystem: Science, Policy, Industry, and Society)

16:30- 17:00: Lead Talk- Dr G. Prathap, Former Director, CSIR NISCAIR and Former Vice Chancellor, CUSAT

17:00- 18:00: Presentations

18:00-18:30Break/Poster Session

9:30 -11:00: Technical Session V (S&T Applications for the Masses: Product Vs Outreach)

09:30- 10:00: Lead Talk

10:00- 11:30: Presentations

11:00-11:30 Break/ Poster Session 

11:30-13:30: Technical Session VI (Plenary, Synthesis, Recommendations and Roadmap)

11:30- 11:50: Opening Remarks by Moderator- Padma Vibhushan Dr Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan

11:50 – 12:45: Inputs from the Participants

12:45-13:30: Synthesis and Roadmap

13:31: Vote of Thanks 

13:35-14:30: Lunch/Poster Session

Cultural Tour: An optional Cultural Tour to places of nature/historical/religious tourism is being planned; please indicate your choice during registration.


Invited Speakers (Recent Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awardees)

  1. Dr Vatsala Thirumalai, NCBS, Bangalore
  2. Jeemon Panniyammakal, Achutha Menon Centre
  3. Dr T Govindraju, JNSASR, Bangalore
  4. Jyotirmayee Dash, IACS, Kolkata
  5. Dr Amol Arvindrao Kulkarni, NCL-Pune
  6. Kinshuk Dasgupta, BARC
  7. Abhijit Mukherjee, IIT-Kharagpur
  8. Dr Binoy Saikia, CSIR NEIST
  9. Dr Rajat Subhra Hazra, ISI*
  10. Dr K. Anandavardhanan, IIT-Bombay*
  1. Dr Rohit Srivastava, IIT-B*
  2. Dr Rajesh Ganapathy, JNCASR*
  3. Dr Kanak Saha, IUCAA,
  4. Dr Surajit Dhara, University of Hyderabad
  5. Dr Kayarat Saikrishnan, Department of Biology, IISER, Pune
  6. Dr Dishant Mayurbhai Pancholi, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai *
  7. Dr Nitin Saxena, IIT, Kanpur *
  8. Dr Neena Gupta, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata *
  9. Dr Amit Agarwal, IIT, Bombay *
  10. Dr Govindasamy Mugesh, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore *

Lead Speakers

  1. Dr Gangan Prathap, Former Director, CSIR NISCAIR
  2. Dr J N Goswami, PRL*
  3. Dr G N Sastry, Director, CSIR NEIST
  4. Dr Mitali Mukerji , IIT Karwar
  5. Dr Sujatha Ramodorai, TIFR *
  6. B N Goswami, Cotton University


Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation, However the organizers will be happy to assist in booking the hotels/guest houses/resort. For more details click here

"*" - Confirmation Awaited