Indian National Science Academy

Not to be confused with Indian Academy of Sciences.
Indian National Science Academy
Established 7 January 1935
Founder Lewis Leigh Fermor
Raghavendra Gadagkar
Website Official website

The Indian National Science Academy (INSA) in New Delhi is the apex body of Indian scientists representing all branches of science and technology.[1]


The Indian National Science Academy promotes science and its use in India. It was originally established in 1935 and was known as the 'National Institute of Sciences of India' until the present name was adopted in 1970.[1] The Government of India recognised it in 1945 as the premier scientific society representing all branches of science in India. In 1968, it was designated as the adhering organisation in India to the International Council for Science (ICSU) on behalf of the Government of India. It is headquartered in New Delhi.[2]


The Academy consists of Foundation fellows, Fellows (FNA) and Foreign Fellows. Election to the Academy is only by nomination.[3] The objectives of the academy encompass promotion of science in India including its application to national welfare, safeguarding the interests of the scientists, establishing linkages with international bodies to foster collaboration and expressing considered opinion on national issues.

It plays a role in promoting, recognising and rewarding excellence in scientific research. With a view to promoting the pursuit of excellence in the field of 'Science and Technology', the academy has instituted 59 awards, placed in 4 categories, viz International Awards, General Medal & Lecture Awards, Subjectwise Medals/Lectures and Awards for Young Scientists. It also publishes journals, organises scientific discussions and brings out proceedings and monographs.

It is a signatory to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities in 2004[4]


The list of presidents of the society.[5]

President From To
Lewis Leigh Fermor19351936
Meghnad Saha19371938
Ram Nath Chopra19391940
Baini Prashad19411942
Jnan Chandra Ghosh19431944
Darashaw Nosherwan Wadia19451946
Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar19471948
Satyendra Nath Bose19491950
Sunder Lal Hora 1951 1952
Kariamanickam Srinivasa Krishnan 19531954
Amulya Chandra Ukil 19551956
Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis19571958
Sisir Kumar Mitra19591960
Ajudhiya Nath Khosla19611962
Homi Jehangir Bhabha19631964
Vasant Ramji Khanolkar19651966
Thiruvengadam Rajendram Seshadri19671968
Atma Ram19691970
Bagepalli Ramachandrachar Seshachar19711972
Daulat Singh Kothari19731974
Benjamin Peary Pal19751976
Raja Ramanna19771978
Vulimiri Ramalingaswami19791980
Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon19811982
Arun Kumar Sharma19831984
Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao19851986
Autar Singh Paintal19871988
Man Mohan Sharma19891990
Prakash Narain Tandon19911992
Shri Krishna Joshi19931995
Srinivasan Varadarajan19961998
Goverdhan Mehta19992001
Marthanda Varma Sankaran Valiathan20022004
Raghunath Anant Mashelkar20052007
Mamannamana Vijayan20082010
Krishan Lal20112013
Raghavendra Gadagkar2014till date

See also


  1. 1 2 "Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi". Department of Science and Technology, India. 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  2. "Indian National Science Academy (INSA)". Inter Academies. 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  3. "About INSA". Indian National Science Academy. 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  4. "Signatories". Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  5. "Past Presidents". Indian National Science Academy. 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2016.

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