It is my great pleasure to welcome the online visitors of 27th ICG Congress to be organized in Kolkata and to be hosted by CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI), Kolkata, India in January 2025 supported by the All India Glass Manufacturer’s Federation (AIGMF), Glazing Society of India (GSI) and the Indian Ceramic Society (ICS). India won the bid for hosting this prestigious International Congress on Glass (ICG) in Kolkata, India in 2025 in a recently concluded International Commission on Glass (ICG) Council meeting held in Boston, USA.
ICG is a non-profit international Society of national scientific and technical organizations comprising of about 34 countries with particular interests in glass science and technology aiming to promote and stimulate understanding and cooperation between the experts’ glass science and technology. This conference is organized at the interval of every three years.
This event is significant for us because it will be close to four decades in 2025 since the last ICG congress was held in India in the year 1986 which was inaugurated by the then Hon’ble President of India Shri Giani Zail Singh. Between these periods, Indian science and technology have undergone a sea-change making a phenomenal impact on Indian economy. Therefore, it is the right time for us to take more active role and initiative for hosting such prestigious event. Incidentally, the year 2025 marks the 75th anniversary of the foundation of CSIR-CGCRI. Thus, it is apt and appropriate that CSIR-CGCRI hosts one of the grandest events in the field of Glass and having the august presence of glass scientists, researchers and technologists from all over the world.
The proposed theme of the Congress is “Glass: A Smart and Indispensable Material for Sustainable Society”. The focus will be on emerging technologies which can catalyze transformations in the use of glass products in various fields. The Congress will include key note address, several plenary talks, industry presentations and round table discussions devoted to the theme of the congress, focusing contribution of glass in creating a Green World. Further, it is proposed to host a Tutorial especially for the students and a mega exposition on glass and allied products with active participation of several reputed industry houses.
This website gives an overview of the information about 27th ICG Congress to be held in India and hosted by CSIR-CGCRI. I welcome you to explore the website for more information on the gala event. We are expecting to host about 1000 delegates from all over the world and we envisage hosting more than 300 faculty members and leading industry executives from abroad. Needless to mention that we cannot hope to organize this mega event without active participation, encouragement and generous support from all who are directly or indirectly related with this fascinating material GLASS. Let us come together, join hands with us to see that this mission meets to see a grand success.
Held every three years, the ICG Congresses are an important way of disseminating information on glass science and technology and provide valuable opportunities for glass scientists and technologists to meet. Since the late 1980s ICG Congresses have expanded significantly. They now attract 700 - 1000 attendees and up to 900 papers and posters. Their special features include:
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), known for its cutting edge R&D knowledgebase in diverse S&T areas, is a contemporary R&D organization. Having a pan India presence, CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units. CSIR’s R&D expertise and experience is embodied in about 4600 active scientists supported by about 8000 scientific and technical personnel. The scientific staffs of CSIR only constitute about 3-4% of India’s scientific manpower but they contribute to 10% of India’s scientific outputs. CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology – from radio and space physics, oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, materials science, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology. Pioneer of India’s intellectual property movement, on an average CSIR file about 200 Indian patents and 250 foreign patents per year. About 13.86% of CSIR patents are licensed - a number which is above the global average. CSIR is ranked at 84th among 4851 institutions worldwide and is the only Indian organization among the top 100 global institutions, according to the Scimago Institutions Ranking World Report 2014. CSIR holds the 17th rank in Asia and leads the country at the first position. Under the administrative control of CSIR, the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) was established in 2010 (by a resolution of GOI on July 17, 2010) and formalized by an Act of Parliament vide The Gazette of India and notified on April 3, 2012 as an Institution of National Importance. About 811 students have already graduated from AcSIR and currently about 4000 Students enrolled in Ph.D, Integrated M.Tech-Ph.D, Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D and PG Diploma courses. AcSIR campuses spread over 37 CSIR laboratories across the country, and offering courses in broad areas of Biological Science, Chemical Science, Engineering Science, Mathematical & Information Science, Physical Science, and Inter- & trans-disciplinary subjects.
Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) is one of the first four laboratories that was set up under CSIR. Though it started functioning in a limited way in 1944, the Institute was formally inaugurated on August 26, 1950. In order to serve the local industrial clusters, the Institute established two extension centres at Naroda (Gujarat, India) and Khurja (UP, India). Presently, CGCRI has a large pool of highly experienced and dedicated scientists of about 100 working in various fields of glass and ceramics research who are assisted by about 150 technical staffs and few hundred research students. CGCRI came into limelight by developing the technology for production of optical glass with a view to making the country self-reliant and consequently established an optical glass pilot plant with an annual capacity of 10 tonnes in 1961 without any foreign collaboration. In the seventies, the Institute initiated the development of laser glass, infra-red transmitting filters, and synthetic quartz single crystal. All these carry the testimony of CGCRI to become the leader in glass and ceramic research in the country. In the eighties CGCRI started work on a number of fields, some of which were even in nascent stage in international arena. Work in the field of optical fibre for telecommunications, sol-gel processing of glass and ceramic materials, production of glass fibre based composites and application of ceramic materials in electronics were initiated during this period. Over the years, Glass Division of CGCRI has developed various glasses and glass-ceramics namely radio-photoluminescent (RPL) glass, filter glass, colored signal glass, lanthanum bearing optical glass, radiation shielding window (RSW) glass, glasses for nuclear waste immobilization, rare-earth doped luminescent glass, tellurite glass, transparent nanocrystalline and machineable glass-ceramics etc. for several niche applications. Currently, R & D activities have been diversified in the areas of chalcogenide glass, bioactive glass, oxyfluoride glass-ceramics, nonlinear optical glass-ceramics, etc. to fulfil countries requirements as well as for emergingapplications.Similarly, Fiber Optics and Photonics Division has made immense contributions in the fields of fiber amplifiers, high power fiber lasers, photonic crystal fibers and fiber Bragg grating sensors for practical applications. The Congress is being planned in association with the major glass and ceramicsocieties in India such as Indian Ceramic Society, All India Glass Manufacturer’s Federation and Glazing Society of India.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), known for its cutting edge R&D knowledgebase in diverse S&T areas, is a contemporary R&D organization. Having a pan-India presenceRead More >
Central Glass andCeramic Research Institute (CGCRI) is one of the first four laboratories that was set up under CSIR. Though it started functioning in a limited way in 1944, the Institute wasRead More >
Indian Ceramic Society (InCerS), a non-profit organization, was established in 1928 with the blessings and active support of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, the main architect for establishing the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi.
During the last ninety one years of its existence the Society has grown from strength to strength and presently, InCerS has more than 2000 members. The members include manufacturers, professionals, academicians, technologists, R&D workers, artists, craftsmen, students and many more. The primary objective of InCerS is to promote the advancement of ceramic science, arts and technologies, publishing scientific and technical books and journals, holding annual sessions, meetings, discussions, symposia and exhibitions on the subjects of interest. InCerS publishes a quarterly journal of the Society in the name of ‘Transactions of the Indian Ceramic Society” (TICS) since 1941 which is being published regularly till today uninterruptedly and currently it is a journal of international repute. The journal has entered into a new era of publication starting from volume 71, (2012) with its release simultaneously in the electronic mode by Taylor & Francis Group (T&F), UK. Recently, the Indian Ceramic Society has come up to a collaborative partnership with the American Ceramic Society for mutual benefit and enhancement of both the Societies along with the Ceramic Societies of other countries, like Europe, Bangladesh, Spain and Italy are also being developed.
The All India Glass Manufacturers' Federation (AIGMF) founded in 1944 is the sole representative body of all segments of the Indian Glass Industry consisting of large, medium and small-scale manufacturers.
The Federation is made up of five Regional Associations viz., Eastern India Glass Manufacturers' Association (EIGMA)- Kolkata, Northern India Glass Manufacturers' Association (NIGMA)- New Delhi, South India Glass Manufacturers' Association (SIGMA)- Hyderabad, UP Glass Manufacturers' Syndicate (UPGMS)-Firozabad, and Western India Glass Manufacturers' Association (WIGMA)- Mumbai. AIGMF Executive Committee meets every three months or so to discuss challenges and opportunities that may exist for Glass Industry and ways & means to surge forward. AIGMF publishes Glass News and Kanch (quarterly journal of Glass Industry) which are distributed to over 15,000 stakeholders worldwide both in print and e-version. It may be mentioned that KANCH is the only magazine which reaches all glass manufacturers and others connected with Glass Industry in India. Apart from Glass manufacturers, those connected with Glass industry in India and abroad are enrolled as members of the Federation.
Glazing Society of India (GSI) is a non-profit, independent, inclusive organization working on standardization, testing, certification, research and capacity building for Glass, Glazing Systems and its
associated materials for quality performance in the areas of energy efficiency, safety, structural aspects, acoustics, fire resistance and others. GSI is a collaborative initiative involving various stakeholders from the Indian Glass and Glazing Industry including Manufacturers, Processors, Fabricators, Installers, Builders, Consultants, Policy Formulation Bodies, Educational/Research Institutions, Industry experts, International organizations (NFRC, IFT etc) and other stakeholders. GSI in collaboration with its respective Academic and Institutional Partners has jointly establishedthe following three “first of its kind state-of-the-art research and testing facilities for Architectural Glass, Glazing Systems and its associated materials” in India.
GSI has supported and involved in various Technical Committees of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in building the codes and regulations for the use of Architectural Glass and Glazing Products in Indian Buildings. GSI played a significant role in bringing up the New Section on Glass and Glazing Systems in the National Building Code 2016, 16 New BIS Codes and Standards for Architectural Glass and Glazing Systems and Energy Conservation Building Code for Commercial Buildings and Residential Buildings in India. GSI has successfully organized various conferences, webinars, skill development training programs and National Energy Efficiency Outreach Programs in the last 5 years in association with its stake holders, Industry and others.