Biennial Conference on Science and Technology (BICOST) Series

The 2nd Biennial Conference on Science and Technology (BICOST-II) was held from 5th - 8th September 2002. Two renowned Indian Scientists were invited as guest speakers to this Conference. They were Dr. T. Ramasamy, CSIR, Chennai and Dr. Mohindra Chadda, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, Trombay.
The theme of BICOST-II, was "Science and Technology in Infrastructure Development".

In order for national development to thrive there was indeed the necessity of an appropriate infrastructure. Science and Technology had a key role to play in the development of such an infrastructure and to see it in place in the country. The acceptance of this theme with its wide and varied facets meant defining the scope of INFRASTRUCTURE in the context of National Development.

Def: "The Basic framework of services, facilities and institutions upon which the growth, functioning and development of a country depend" (Extracted and modified from definitions given by Design and Management of Infrastructure Research Centre, Netherlands).

Based on the above definition and in order to restrict the scope for a three-day meeting the NASTEC Steering Committee for BICOST-II discussed several modalities in which the conference could be conducted.

The main objective was to identify the Science and Technology inputs required to develop the necessary infrastructure for facilitating the process of national development. The final approach was to address the aspect of S&T in infrastructure development, together with the objectives stated in BICOST-I viz
  • the initiatives necessary towards sustaining and enhancing the indigenous S&T capability in the country including the aspects of institution strengthening and HRD,
  • productively utilizing the present S&T capability in national development as well as national policy guidance, enabling the S&T capability to address the challenges resulting from the new global economic and trade patterns.
Accordingly the steering committee designed the following modalities for BICOST-II.