NEW DELHI: The government has withdrawn its order that required scientific institutions to seek prior approval before organising any international online seminar or conference.
In its fresh order, issued on Wednesday, the
said the guidelines, issued on November 25, regarding political clearance for international conferences/ seminars/ training etc. due to the Covid pandemic were “no longer applicable” in view of the easing of
on travel and assembly of people.
It said all such events will, however, continue to be governed by the same rules and regulations that were applicable to political clearances prior to the pandemic.
The fresh order comes in the wake of objections to the November 25 order by the scientific community. Two leading academies of the country — Indian Academy of
and Indian National Academy of Sciences — had written to the government seeking withdrawal of the order, saying such restrictions could halt all topical scientific discussions.