8th JK Science Congress To Begin From Monday

Srinagar - Vice president of India M Hamid Ansari will be the Chief guest at the inaugural function of the mega event 8th J&K science congress which University of Kashmir is all set to host from 17th – 19th September this year.

Theme of this years science congress is “Science, Technology & Regional Development: Opportunities & Challenges”

The inaugural event of the congress will be held at 10.30 AM Monday 17th September in the convocation complex of the University of Kashmir where Vice president M Hamid Ansar will declare the congress open.

Governor of the J&K state Shri N N Vohra and Omar Abdullah Chief Minister J&K state will be the guests of honour and Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi the Minister for Science and Technology J & K Government will preside over the inaugural event. The Key speech on the theme will be delivered by the Director INSA (Indian National Science Academy ), Professor Krishan Lal. Vice Chancellor Kashmir University Prof Talat Ahmad will deliver welcome address on the occasion.

Around 1000 delegates from across the country are participating in the 8th JK Science Congress to be hosted by Kashmir University at the varsity campus where about 600 research papers covering various spheres of science will be read during the three days.

The main objective for the conduct of the Science Congress remains 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 sciences, to improve quality of scientific man-power, to encourage interdisciplinary research and promote scientific temper said Vice chancellor Kashmir University Prof talat Ahmad .

Prof M A Zargar convenor of the congress said said that though the state of J&K has moved forward in adoption of science and technology but a better communication is required among scientists, decision makers, and the general public for developing the mechanism for overall development of the state. He further said that the conduct of a State level Science Congress is an appropriate venture in this direction and would provide the proper platform for presentation and cross fertilization of ideas by local scientists and experts in response to anticipated needs for regional sustainable development. Prof Zargar added that this type of activity is sure to help the research and scientific analyses to become more problem-focused in a regional as well as global context, and apply an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable development issues.

During the deliberations of the proposed Science Congress a number of renowned speakers from within and outside the State of Jammu & Kashmir will deliberate on important research topics for the benefit of local researchers in a series of keynote addresses and panel discussions. The organizers are expecting 600 to 700 research findings to be presented by individual participants during the deliberations of the Congress covering diverse topics of current interest and future development. A large number of young budding scientists are expected to participate in the deliberations during the said congress .

Deliberations of the Congress will be held at the Convocation Complex, Gandhi Bhavan, Ibn-i-Khaldun Auditorium of the Allama Iqbal Library, Auditorium of Department of Distance Education and other Conference Halls of the University, to allow conduct of parallel sessions during the three days deliberations of the congress

The 1st , 3rd, 5th and 7th JK Science Congresses were held at University of Jammu, while 2nd ,4th and 6th Congresses were organised at University of Kashmir on different themes. Observer News Service

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