Bhubaneswar: ‘Vigyan Jyot’ or the flame of knowledge reached KIIT on January 2, 2012 on the eve of inauguration of the 99th session of Indian Science Congress (ISC). Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate this mega scientific meet. Joy and enthusiasm was palpable as Dr. A. Samanta, Chief Patron, 99th ISC and Founder, KIIT & KISS received the flame at a colourful ceremony in the presence of Dr. P. K. Patasani, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (L.S.), Bhubaneswar, Shri A. N. Jena, Mayor, Bhubaneswar, Mr. Ravi Boratkar, MD MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications Pvt. Ltd. and Prof. R. P. Kaushik, Chancellor, KIIT University.
The Jyot, a ceremonial component of the event, with its core theme as ‘Science for a Billion People’, was flagged off at Grand House Women’s College, Delhi on 16th December 2011 by Prof. Dinesh Singh, VC, Delhi University. Starting its journey from Delhi, it covered more than 2400 km across more than 15 cities including Delhi, Agra, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Aurangabad, Patna, Gaya, Ranchi, Lucknow, Dhanbad, Kolkata, Kharagpur and Cuttack, before reaching Bhubaneswar. Vigyan Jyot is inspired by Olympic flame and strives to ignite young minds to be a part of science movement in India.