Second J & K Science Congress
Second J & K Science Congress was organized jointly by J & K State Council for Science & Technology, Department of Science & Technology and University of Kashmir from 25-27th July ,2006 at University of Kashmir,Hazratbal,Srinagar. About 500 delegates including scientists from various universities and R & D institutions of the country participated in the said event. The main objective of the science congress was to provide an opportunity to the participants from the J & K state to interact with the leading scientists from other parts of the country to broaden their scientific and technological understanding, to improve research and teaching of science, to improve quality of scientific manpower and to encourage interdisciplinary research and promote scientific temper.
The theme of the congress was “ Science for Better Tomorrow “. Hon’ble Minister for Science & Technology, Information Technology and Sheep & Animal Husbandry, Shri Taj Mohi-u-Din inaugurated the three day J & K State Science Congress at Gandhi Bhavan, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal,Srinagar on 25th July,2006.Hon’ble Minister, on this occasion, highlighted the role of modern technology which has given rise to interdisciplinary research which has ultimately given birth to newer areas of Science & Technology like Biotechnology, Information Technology, Internet, Bio-informatics, Human Genetics and Genome Analysis, Genetic Engineering, Stem Cell Biology, Nano Sciences, Nanotechnology, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Conservation of Helium Resources, Monitoring of Helium and Radon Emissions from Earth for detection of Geochemical changes as precursor to earthquakes, Drug Development through Genetic Manipulation etc. Information Technology, Biotechnology and Human Genome Analysis have revolutionized the field of communication, agriculture and medical sciences with respect to diagnosis and drug development. He said that during the last decade or so these recent advances in the fields of science & Technology have changed the quality of life of a common man even in the remote villages of our country. Besides throwing light on the activities of State Department of Science & Technology. Hon’ble Minister appreciated the role of Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India in their endeavour for taking the science to door steps of the common masses.
On the inaugural function of the congress, Vice-Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof. Abdul Wahid and Vice-Chancellor, Sher-i-Kashmir university of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Srinagar, Prof. Anwar Alam also spoke.
The three day technical sessions of the congress were broadly divided into the following sections:-
- Life Sciences and Applied Biosciences
- Pharmaceutical and Medical Sciences
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Mathematical and Physical Sciences
- Agricultural and Engineering Sciences
The delegates presented their research papers/ poster presentation during these technical sessions. Abstracts received for presentation have been compiled and a copy of the abstract book of Second J & K State Science Congress has been made . During the technical sessions, some lead lectures/ invited lectures were also delivered by the experts. A few of them are indicated below:-
Name of the Expert Topic
Prof. Brij Gopal, State of Environment vis-à-vis the Modern science
School of Environmental sciences
Jawahar Lal University
Prof. A.K.Koul Role of Biology in present century.
Deptt. of Biosciences
University of Jammu, Jammu
Prof.D.P.Zutshi Ecological status & Conservation of Lake
School of Environmental Sciences Ecosystems of Kashmir.
Jawahar Lal University
Dr. Mushtaq Siddique Aids in J&K,its causes,Prevention and Vaccine
Head, Deptt. of Immunology development.
Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of
Head of Department Bio-Mathematics
- The following recommendations were made by the scientists/academicians at the end of the congress
- The State Government should take up necessary steps for improvement of Scientific and Technological profile of the State.
- Opening of Biodiversity center at Kashmir University, Srinagar.
- Establishing of laboratories for phyto-chemical extraction of medicinal plants and setting up of small scale industries for exploiting valuable medicinal and aromatic plants.
- Setting up of a disaster management cell at University of Kashmir to help in coordinating different departments during the time of disaster.
- More fund allocation for research & development in medicinal field and allied scientific faculties.
- Providing adequate number of teachers and basic facilities to the colleges.
- Providing necessary facilities in the form of manpower and equipment to Govt. Medical College, Srinagar.