CHENNAI: Chennai will host the prestigious India International Science Festival-2017 (IISF) from October 13 to 16, said Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsha Vardhan on Saturday.
He was in the city to inaugurate the world class National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) building, which was constructed in an area of three acres on the Anna University campus at a cost of `120 crore.
The Union Minister said that the third edition of the IISF would be a mega event aiming to provide a platform to young students, scientists and technocrats from across India for an exchange of knowledge and ideas and also supporting flagship programmes like ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’, Swasth Bharat Abhiyan ‘Make in India’,’Digital India’, ‘Smart Villages’, etc initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said the Centre had earmarked Rs 200 crore for the NCSCM for building infrastructure and carrying out cutting-edge research, which is second to none in the world. “The NCSCM has been identified as nodal agency to prepare Coastal Zone Management Plan for all coastal States, which would go a long away in sustainable and inclusive development of the coast and people living there,” he said.