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Organisers of the science congress have expressed ‘shock’ at comments like Einstein and Newton didn’t understand physics, or Kauravas were test tube babies.

A day after two speakers made outlandish comments at the 106th Indian Science Congress (ISC), the association that organises the annual event has distanced itself from them and called the remarks “shocking”.

The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) has also resolved to exercise more caution while inviting speakers to the reputed event from next year.

Delivering a lecture at the children’s science congress Friday, Tamil Nadu-based scientist Kannan Jagathala Krishnan had challenged the theories of Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton and said they did not understand physics.

Another speaker at the event, V. Nageshwar Rao, the vice-chancellor of Andhra University, said the Kauravas of the Mahabharata were test-tube babies.

The comments made at the science congress this year were met with outrage from the science community. The Times of India reported Monday that several science organisations held a silent protest outside the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Sunday, with demonstrations planned across multiple cities Monday.

“We have decided that from next year, all speakers, including delegates who are invited for interaction with students, will have to submit their abstracts before. They will be strictly instructed not to deviate from what they have submitted. A member would be present to moderate all interactive sessions. A committee would be formed to monitor this,” said Premendu Mathur, general secretary (scientific activities) of the Indian Science Congress.

This, however, is not the first time that comments with no proven scientific basis have been made at the ISC.

In 2015, a paper presented on Indian aviation technology claimed that the ancient sage Bhardwaj had given detailed guidelines for making the aircraft. Captain Anand Bodas, a retired pilot who authored the paper, had quoted the Brihatvimanshastra to buttress his claims.

Last year, union minister for science and technology Dr Harsh Vardhan shocked the audience and organisers of the event when he said even Stephen Hawking had said that the “Vedas have better theories than Einstein’s”.

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