The Indian Academy of Sciences endeavours
by all means at its disposal to promote the progress and uphold
the cause of science, both in pure and applied branches.
It is the responsibility of the Fellows of the Academy, to
individually and collectively, promote original research and
disseminate scientific knowledge to the community, through
its meetings, discussions, seminars, symposia and publications.
The Academy recognises the special relationship of scientific
creative activity with the process of education and holds
that the course of discovery includes the identification and
nurturing of scientific talent amongst the young.
The Academy upholds that the principle of social responsibility
for all scientific effort, individual or corporate, is entirely
consistent with individual freedom and that the quest for
knowledge and truth cannot be reconciled with any dogma.
The Council has, as a first step, expanded the Fellowship,
in order to have within the Academy a fuller representation
of the Indian scientific community in its corporate body so
that the objectives and obligations of the Academy could be
more effectively fulfilled.
The other steps proposed are aimed at:
Ensuring that there is full representation
in the Academy of all branches of science, fundamental
Placing special emphasis on bringing
outstanding young scientists into the fold of the Academy,
through election to the Fellowship.
Promoting high quality journals in order
to provide publication opportunities to Indian scientists
at the international level.
Conducting symposia and seminars and
encouraging other similar activities in order to provide
means of exchange of scientific knowledge among scientists
and to bring new knowledge to the attention of the whole
Recognising, and honouring excellence
in various areas of science by the institution of special
awards (in the form of medals, lectureships, etc.)
Giving special encouragement to young
scientists by the award of scholarships and fellowships
to enable them to pursue their particular interests.
Promoting international understanding
in science through the institution of special chairs and
professorships, which will allow scientists from abroad
to visit India for specific periods and provide means
for travel for Indian scientists to visit other countries.
Taking up integrated studies in specific
fields where co-ordinated scientific activities tend to
The Academy affirms that the rightful place for science
and the men who rigorously cultivate it can be assured
in society primarily through their devotion to the principles
of objectivity, integrity and freedom from dogmas rather
than through any formal processes of recognition.
Not unmindful of the crucial role the Academy can play
in national regeneration, the Academy adheres to the belief
that this ideal would be best served by preserving the
independence of the Academy from all official, State or
Fellows of the Academy, promote by personal as well as
collective example, the principle of rational thought
of function and relevance, rather than precedents.
By applying rigorous standards of scientific criticism
at all levels in a constructive sense, the Academy considers
that the scientific community has a unique contribution
to make not only to the flowering of science in India
but also to national character.