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India to host the next International Geological Congress in 2020
Union government is going to set up a society "36th International Geological Congress" for organizing a Geological Congress in the year 2020 for promoting geosciences in Indian subcontinent.

It has been stated that the event will be held in NCR, Delhi during March 2-6, 2020. A budgetary outlay worth Rs 52 crore has been already approved by Cabinet to carry out preparatory activities up to 2018-19 and additional funds will be sought on revising the estimate a year before the main event, said an official release.

"The 36th IGC will be hosted jointly by the Ministry of Mines (MoM) and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) with active support from the science academies of India and co-host neighboring countries. It is expected to attract 7000+ geoscientists from all over the world," informs the release.

It has been stated that the event will be held with the theme "Geoscience-the Basic Science for Sustainable Future". Hosting the event in India will provide an opportunity to upgrade geosciences and geoscientific research in the country to meet the challenges of global changes and ever increasing quest for natural resources.

Moreover, the event will showcase India as a scientific destination for human resource development and training, and this will help improve Indian position in the South Asian and African regions on a long term basis. It will also contribute towards increasing tourism revenue by opening new avenues for geo-tourism, adds the release.

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