“Promoting science in India and harnessing scientific knowledge for the cause of humanity and national welfare.”

The Indian National Science Academy was established in January 1935 with the object of promoting science in India and harnessing scientific knowledge for the cause of humanity and national welfare. The foundation of the Academy, earlier known as the National Institute of Sciences of India (NISI), was the outcome of joint endeavours of several organizations and individuals and the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) playing a leading role in this regard.

The issue of the Government recognizing the NISI as the representative body of the scientists was taken up after ten years of its foundation. After due deliberations and discussions, it decided to recognise the National Institute as the premier scientific society representing all branches of science in India in October 1945. The Headquarters moved over to Delhi in May 1946, and the Government commenced providing increased grants to meet expenses on travel, publications, research fellowships, and for allocating grants-in-aid to other scientific societies for bringing out their publications. It was designated as the adhering organization in India to the International Council for Science (ICSU) on behalf of the Government of India in January 1968.

The name of the National Institute of Sciences of India was changed to the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) in February 1970.


  • Promotion of scientific knowledge in India including its practical application to problems of national welfare.
  • Coordination among Scientific Academies, Societies, Institutions, Government Scientific Departments and Services.
  • To act as a body of scientists of eminence for the promotion and safeguarding of the interests of scientists in India and to present internationally the scientific work done in the country.
  • To act through properly constituted National Committees, in which other learned academies and societies may be associated, for undertaking scientific work of national and international importance which the Academy may be called upon to perform by the public and by the Government.
  • To publish such proceedings, journals, memoirs and other publications as may be found desirable.
  • To promote and maintain liaison between Science and Humanities.
  • To secure and manage funds and endowments for the promotion of Science.
  • To perform all other acts that may assist in, or be necessary for the fulfilment of the above-mentioned objectives of the Academy.
  • President: Chandrima Shaha
  • Vice-President (Science Promotion): V. Chandrasekhar
  • Vice-President (Fellowship Affairs): Gaiti Hasan
  • Vice-President (International Affairs): J.P. Khurana
  • Vice-President (Publications/Informatics): Gadadhar Misra
  • Vice-President (Science & Society): A.K. Singhvi
  • Vice-President (Resource Management): Subrata Sinha

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