Government withdraws order on online science meetings -Jacob Koshy

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published Published on Feb 24, 2021   modified Modified on Feb 25, 2021

-The Hindu

The restrictions would have made it impossible for many scientists to participate in online conferences.

After a backlash from scientists, the government has withdrawn a controversial order that required scientists and researchers, among others, participating in online, international scientific seminars and conferences, to get prior clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

“In view of the easing of restrictions on travel and assembly of people guidelines issued regarding political clearance for international conferences/seminars/training etc due to covid-19 pandemic are no longer applicable. All such events will however continue to be governed by the same rules and regulations applicable to political clearances prior to the covid-19 pandemic,” said an office order issued by the Ministry of External Affairs late on Wednesday.

These rules are available on the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs governing conferences, the MEA note says.

The Hindu had reported on Monday that the government was considering withdrawing the notification after protests from India’s leading science academies.

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The Hindu, 24 February, 2021,

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