Indian National Science Academy
Established7 January 1935; 89 years ago (1935-01-07)
FounderLewis Leigh Fermor
Coordinates28°37′43.8″N 77°14′26.7″E / 28.628833°N 77.240750°E / 28.628833; 77.240750
Ashutosh Sharma

The Indian National Science Academy (INSA) is a national academy in New Delhi for Indian scientists in all branches of science and technology.[1]

In 2015 INSA has constituted a junior wing for young scientists in the country named Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS) in line with other national young academies. INYAS is the academy for young scientists in India as a national young academy and is affiliated with Global Young Academy. INYAS is also a signatory of the declaration on the Core Values of Young Academies, adopted at World Science Forum, Budapest on 20 November 2019.[2] Prof Ashutosh Sharma is the serving president (2023-present).


The Genesis:[3] Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi is an autonomous institution of Dept. Science & Technology, Govt. of India. However, the origins of INSA can be traced back to the founding of National Institute of Sciences in India (NISI) in the year 1935 in Calcutta (now Kolkata). The basic objective was and continues to be to promote, nurture and safeguard the interests of sciences and scientists. The NISI was recognized by the Government of India, as a Premier National Scientific Society. NISI moved to its present premises in Delhi in 1951. A Government of India's decision in 1968 mandated INSA to represent India in all the international science fora. In 1970, NISI was given a new name- Indian National Science Academy (INSA). Its campus at the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg came into being during 1951 with a major expansion during late 80's-mid 90's. Today the main INSA-building stands out at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg as seven-storied, beautifully shaped Golden Jubilee Building, completed in 1996.


The Academy consists of Foundation fellows, Fellows (FNA) and Foreign Fellows. Election to the Academy is only by nomination.[4] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

It is a signatory to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities in 2004[5]


The list of presidents of the society.[6]

President From To
Lewis Leigh Fermor 1935 1936
Meghnad Saha 1937 1938
Ram Nath Chopra 1939 1940
Baini Prashad 1941 1942
Jnan Chandra Ghosh 1943 1944
Darashaw Nosherwan Wadia 1945 1946
Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar 1947 1948
Satyendra Nath Bose 1949 1950
Sunder Lal Hora 1951 1952
Kariamanickam Srinivasa Krishnan 1953 1954
Amulya Chandra Ukil 1955 1956
Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis 1957 1958
Sisir Kumar Mitra 1959 1960
Ajudhiya Nath Khosla 1961 1962
Homi Jehangir Bhabha 1963 1964
Vasant Ramji Khanolkar 1965 1966
Thiruvengadam Rajendram Seshadri 1967 1968
Atma Ram 1969 1970
Bagepalli Ramachandrachar Seshachar 1971 1972
Daulat Singh Kothari 1973 1974
Benjamin Peary Pal 1975 1976
Raja Ramanna 1977 1978
Vulimiri Ramalingaswami 1979 1980
Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar Menon 1981 1982
Arun Kumar Sharma 1983 1984
Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao 1985 1986
Autar Singh Paintal 1987 1988
Man Mohan Sharma 1989 1990
Prakash Narain Tandon 1991 1992
Shri Krishna Joshi 1993 1995
Srinivasan Varadarajan 1996 1998
Goverdhan Mehta 1999 2001
Marthanda Varma Sankaran Valiathan 2002 2004
Raghunath Anant Mashelkar 2005 2007
Mamannamana Vijayan 2008 2010
Krishan Lal 2011 2013
Raghavendra Gadagkar 2014 2016
Ajay K. Sood 2017 2019
Chandrima Shaha 2020 2022
Ashutosh Sharma 2023 2025


The academy publishes three peer-reviewed journals

It also publishers a year book, annual reports, INSA News, biographical memoirs, special publications and the proceedings of INSA seminars and symposia.

See also


  1. ^ "Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi". Department of Science and Technology, India. 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Launch of the Declaration on the Core Values of Young Academies". World Science Forum. World Science Forum. Archived from the original on 21 April 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  3. ^ Brochure of INSA-2020
  4. ^ "About INSA". Indian National Science Academy. 2016. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Signatories". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Past Presidents". Indian National Science Academy. 2016. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.