9th JK Science Congress concludes

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700 research papers read, 1000 delegates attend 3-day congress

Srinagar: The 9th edition of JK Science Congress 2013 and Regional Science Congress which began here at University of Kashmir on October 01 concluded here on Thursday.

About 700 research papers were read during three days of the conference attended by some 1000 delegates across the country.

 Prof Talat Ahmad Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir presided over valedictory session of the congress while Minister for Higher Education Mohammad Akbar Lone was the Chief Guest at the event which was held at Ghandi Bhawan auditorium of the University of Kashmir.

On the concluding day of the congress Minister for Higher Education gave away the prizes to the best 22 oral presentations one each in the twenty two different subjects categorized into twelve broad sections.

The prize carried a certificate and a token cash prize of Rs Ten thousand which was announced by the Minister on the occasion.  

Lone while appreciating the innovations put on display during an exhibition titled “Exhibition Empowering Grassroots” which was organized by the GIAN –cell of the University alongside the congress said “Students and researchers should follow the path of great professionals for achieving success in their professional and scientific pursuits.”

Assuring the participants and academics that the government of J&K is ready to extend full support to the Universities and institutions of research   across the state Lone said “Our government is committed to provide all the facilities required for implementation of various research programs in the universities. However it is also the responsibility of the Universities to provide opportunity not only to their own students but to the raw talent available in the country side and hone their skills.”

 Lone said that it is very appreciating to know that the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) of the KU is making serious efforts to promote indigenous technology where several indigenous products have been incubated and patented so far.

The two congresses were organized by University of Kashmir in collaboration with Indian Science Congress Association, J&K State Council for Science & Technology, Govt .of J&K, Department of Science &Technology, GoI and J&K Academy of Sciences.

In his address Vice Chancellor KU Prof Talat Ahmad who presided over the valedictory event expressed happiness that 34 reputed institutions from across the country were able to associate themselves with the congress whereas 20 institutions of the state also participated in the event .

 “I am sure one day J&K can emerge as leader in Science and Technology across the country and once we start a trend of conducting research on the problems and issues which are peculiar to our state and achieve success in addressing those then someday we can provide consultancy to other states and nations who are facing the same challenges,” said Prof Talat.

He added that youngsters have to be serious in terms of research and have to be competing with each other and need to orient  themselves  with  interdisciplinary research to achieve the desired and path breaking results..

VC said that skill development programs have been conducted by EDC of the University in almost all parts of the state with an aim to tap the hidden raw talent available throughout the length and breadth of the J&K and hone their skills so that they can showcase their competency and scientific acumen in such forums at national and international level.

In his address Vice Chancellor BGSBU Prof Irshad Hamal said that the state of J&K is very much isolated from rest of the country and the world in terms of its geography and the climatic problems it has faced in the past and therefore through such congresses there is a need to conduct research on relevant issues to address these local issues.

He added that there is need to improve the agricultural practices by incorporating scientific technology  to enhance the production and sustainable development of agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors which have a cascading effect on the socio—economic landscape of the people of this state.

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