INYAS has entered into a new phase, after successfully completing an incubation period of five years. INYAS was founded by INSA in December 2014 with a vision to promote Science education and networking among Young Scientists. This journey of five years has been incredible so far with full of experience, new learnings and many achievements. We started our activities with 20 Young Scientists as founding batch members and grew to 80 young, dynamic and committed members contributing towards various objectives of INYAS. This year in the 5th General Body Meeting in Feb. 2020, 16 new members are inducted in INYAS for a period of five years across various disciplines (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Engineering, Earth & Atmospheric Science and Medical Sciences). Currently, we are engaged in variety of Science outreach activities for school students, training program, workshops and webinars for Young Scientists, Scientific meetings of high standard and of interdisciplinary nature and networking not only among Indian Young Scientists but worldwide through various other National Young Academies and Global Young academy (GYA). In 2019-20, INYAS members conducted 12 Science camps and also delivered 16 Science popular lectures in remote areas in all parts of the country covering a wide range of topics such as Fractals, Renewable Energy, Wildlife research, Importance of Mathematics, Night sky, Chemistry around us and Career in Science. Second National Frontiers of Science meeting was successfully organized in Nov. 2019 in Jaipur with the support of Principal Scientific Adviser Office of Govt. of India. Among the various initiatives in 2019-20, INYAS Hyderabad team has organized a workshop on Academic & Professional Development for Young Scientists. Also, to encourage the creativity among your researchers, INYAS organized a unique Sci-Art Image competition in IIT Hyderabad where major scientific findings were illustrated through artistic images. In an effort to have a wider outreach of its activities, INYAS has released its second annual newsletter in multiple regional languages (Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam) other than in English and Hindi.
Further, INYAS Core committee and members held important discussions and representations to various meetings of Other National Science Academies, MHRD and also to top Govt. Scientific officials such as Secretary, DST; Secretary, SERB; Scientific Secretary, PSA Office. In 2019-20, INYAS remained very active on global platform also including selection of three INYAS members in GYA. INYAS members participated in Science Leadership Workshop organized by GYA at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest in Nov. 2019 and also attended 4th worldwide meeting of Young Academies in Vietnam and Annual Ambassador’s Roundtable on Technology in Developing Economies at London. INYAS also led a delegation of 20 Indian Young Scientists including 10 INYAS members to China in Sept. 2019 as a part of China InnoTour, organized and supported by Embassy of China, New Delhi with Ministry of Science & Technology, Republic of China to initiate a dialogue between the Young Scientists of two countries and work jointly on mutual areas of interest.
Like every year, several INYAS members continued their excellence in research, teaching, science leadership for which they were recognized nationally and also globally.
INYAS is a unique and first of its kind Young Academy of India and is committed to engage itself in interdisciplinary and intergenerational scientific dialogues and is ready to participate actively in Science policy and decision making.
Dr. Rajendra Singh Dhaka