Technology, as a product of the art of science, nurtured by engineering tools and techniques, has played a stellar role in powering growth; shaping the culture and transforming society. Indian Technology Congress (ITC) over the last 15 years attained international prominence as a unique platform fostering Industry-Academia-Research Labs-Policy Makers' collaboration with the objective of capacity-building for global technological progress.
The need for a dedicated Association for Technologists comprising of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers has been echoed at many summits, fora, including at the previous editions of ITC; and has been gaining strength and momentum with the call to establish an Association under the Societies Registration Act. During the recently concluded ITC-2017, a resolution was unanimously adopted in the Bangalore Declaration that Technology Professionals from the industry, R&D Laboratories, and Academic Institutions should collaborate and 'institutionalize' the synergy by establishing the Indian Technology Congress Association (ITCA).
The envisioned objectives of ITCA would include advancing and promoting the cause of technology in India and abroad; organizing annual meets / thematic expositions to promote R&D and collaboration leading to the advancement of technology; publishing country reports, journals and transactions as may be contextually relevant; taking up the consultancy and studies; and instituting and presenting Awards to recognize and honour significant contributions by individuals and organizations.
ITCA enshrining these objectives and ideas has been formally registered at Bangalore on 03 January 2018. While these were the initial thoughts, it is anticipated that refinements would happen as members collaborate and ITCA evolves over the coming months. The initial Memorandum / Articles of Association, and the associated set of byelaws is intended to set the context for growth of ITCA.
Institutional Membership is open to all industries, Corporate, Universities, Colleges, Government departments and R&D Organizations interested in promoting the Aims and Objectives of the Association. Each Academic Institutional Member may nominate two persons who can enjoy all the privileges of Members of the Association. Membership for others not falling under the above-mentioned categories may be considered subject to the approval of the Council on a case-to-case basis.
An Institution paying a subscription as stipulated by the Association from time to time shall be eligible to nominate two persons as its representative to attend the Annual Session of the Technology Congress. Donors and Institutional Member shall be eligible to receive, free of cost, a copy of the complete set of Proceedings of the Annual Congress and also a copy each of the Association's publications.