The afternoon of the 17th January,
2006 represented a major milestone in the history of IACS that
was marked by the first ever visit of the President of India
to the institute. His Excellency Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam spent
about 45 minutes interacting with the students and staff of
IACS and paying a visit to two of the technology-intensive laboratories,
namely the renewable energy laboratory of Prof. A. K. Barua
and the nanotechnology laboratory of Prof. D. Chakravarty. The
President was accompanied by Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the Hon'ble
Governor of West Bengal. In an inspiring talk entitled ``Frontiers
of Science is Borderless'', the President urged the scientific
community to work towards achieving a seamless integration of
science and society, so as to promote sustainability in the
energy sector, augment advanced healthcare, enable prediction
and mitigation of natural disasters and exploit the convergence
of technologies for the well-being of mankind.
The Director of IACS Prof. D.
Mukherjee delivered the welcome address, the President of
IACS Dr. A. P. Mitra made the opening remarks and Prof. A.
K. Barua offered the vote of thanks.