First J&K Science Congress
( 7-9 February, 2005 at Jammu )
First J&K State Science Congress was organised jointly by J&K State Council for Science and Technology, Department of Science & Technology and University of Jammu from 7-9 February,2005.About 500 delegates including 40 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 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 Excellence and Self-sufficiency”. Hon’ble Minister for Science and Technology, Information Technology, Employment and Labour J&K Govt. Shri Nawang Rigzin inaugurated the three day State Science Congress at the auditorium of University of Jammu on 7.2.2005.Addressing the scientific gathering, Hon’ble Minister said that better education enables to built a society strong at grass roots level. Education based on Science and Technology can respond to the real needs of a society, he added. He urged the need for disseminating the latest scientific and technological knowledge to the people at ground level so that the common man could directly get the benefit from the latest innovations.
Prof. U.R. Rao, former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) delivered the keynote address at the inaugural of the Science Congress on the topic “Science and Technology : Vision for India’s Development.” He stated that in order to secure a respectable position for India in the world map our vision should be to develop the nation economically, technologically and Industrially which is possible only if we achieve a “Gross Domestic Production (GDP) of 8 to 9 percent.” Prof.Rao emphasized the use of Science and Technology to ensure food security and provide better facilities for the masses, “Connect Mufassil Health Centres with a main hospital through IT so that patients in rural and far off areas are not required to be shifted to the urban hospitals for treatment”, he listed one of the examples.
In addition, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, Dr. Nagender Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Sher- i-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences & Technology, Jammu, Prof. Abdul Wahid, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, also spoke on the inaugural function.
The three day technical sessions of the congress were broadly divided into the following sections :-
Agricultural and Allied Sciences
The delegates presented their research papers/poster presentations during these technical sessions. A total of 412 abstracts were received for presentation which have been compiled. During the technical sessions some lead lectures/invited lectures were also delivered by the experts.
During the Science Congress an exhibition highlighting the scientific and industrial development in the state was also held in which the Department of Industries, Department of Agriculture, Regional Research Laboratory, Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences, Jammu and some private entrepreneurs participated.
The second J & K Science Congress was organized at University of kashmir w.e.f.25-27 July 2006 in collaboration with Science & Technology Department, Govt. of India and Kashmir University.Around 500 delegates from within and outside the state participated in the congress where 483 presentations were made during the course of technical sessions of the congress.The theme of the Science Congress was " Science for better Tomorrow". The congress was innaugurated by His Excellency, the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir State.