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India to Bid for Intl. Geological Congress

Apr 30, 2012 6:00 AM   By Dilipp S Nag
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RAPAPORT... India’s Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to bid to host the 36th International Geological ‎Congress (IGC) in 2020 in Delhi.‎

Nearly 7,000 geoscientists from all over the world are expected to attend the congress, which ‎takes place every four years. Participants gather to deliberate on various scientific studies in ‎the field of earth sciences and to discuss new concepts, ideas, strategies, approaches and ‎methodologies in frontier areas of geosciences, including the much stressed issue of ‎augmenting valuable mineral resources.‎

The IGC-34 will be held in Brisbane, Australia from August 5 to 10, 2012 where India’s bid will be ‎presented. The IGC-35 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016. India previously ‎hosted the event in 1964.  ‎

The IGC-36 in 2020 in India would be organized by Geological Survey of India (GSI), under the ‎direction of the Ministries of Mines and Earth Sciences and with the participation of the Indian ‎National Science Academy.‎

The event will be accompanied by field excursions to typical geological sites in India and ‎adjoining countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which are each ‎backing India’s bid.‎
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