of scientists and technologies of West Bengal was held on 29th
April, 1986 in the auditorium of Indian Institute of Chemical Biology
(IICB), Kolkata to consider the question of forming an Academy of
Science in West Bengal. Out of prolonged discussion, the house decided
to form such an Academy and constituted an ad-hoc committee, with Professor
Sushil Kumar Mukherjee as the Chairman, to take necessary
steps to give effect to this decision in a general meeting
on 20th January, 1989 in the auditorium of IICB, the formation
of the Academy (WAST) with 136 Founder Fellows. The first
elected Council of the Academy, with Prof. S.K. Mukherjee as
President, Prof. S.C. Pakrashi and Prof. R.K. Poddar as Vice-Presidents,
met on 24th August, 1989 to elect office-bearers. The Academy
then was registered as a Society (S/65001 to 1990-91). A new
Academy entitled "West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology"
was thus born.