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S&T regional meet concludes

KOHIMA, NOV 20 (NPN)(Correspondent)
Published on 20 Nov. 2012 11:53 PM IST
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The two-day XV regional meeting of science & technology councils and departments of North East on the theme “driving sustainable growth through science and technology” organized by department of science & technology, ministry of science & technology, government of India and Nagaland science & technology council (NASTEC) concluded Tuesday at Hotel Japfü Kohima with participants from Karnataka and the 7 NE states.

On Tuesday, in the technical session, Dr. A.S. Shawl Emeritus scientist IIIM Srinagar spoke on ‘industrial utilization of aromatic and medicinal plants for socio economic upliftment’, Dr. M.S. Rao IIHR Bangalore spoke on ‘organic agriculture and bio-pesticides’, Dr. Virendra Singh BHU Varanasi on ‘landslides’ and Prof (Dr) K.V. Jayakumar NIT Warangal Karnataka spoke on ‘water resource management’.

The session was chaired by Dr. J.J. Isacc NAL Bangalore, Dr. Sibdas Bandhyopadhyay central glass and ceramic research institute Kolkata and Prof. M.S. Mohan Kumar member secretary Karnataka state council for science & technology IISC Bangalore were the panelists of the session.

In the valedictory session, power point presentations of the respective state S&T projects and success stories were presented by the states of Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

The session was chaired by Dr. G.J. Samathanam advisor & head (TDT) department of science & technology (DIST), government of India New Delhi. 

Dr. G.J. Samathanam in his concluding remark, said the meeting would help in nation building as many learned people have shared their experiences and exchanged views.

He expressed his gratitude to Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio for his keen interest in science and technology and took it as a sign of progress in Nagaland in this field.

He said the north eastern states were rich with biodiversity possess a lot of potential in the field of science and technology while also  emphasizing on the need for more media publicity.

However he lamented that in India, media publication related to science and technology was less compared to political issues.

He also highlighted many things needed to be done in the north east region. Dr. Shawls said his team would pave the way for more projects in the north east in the field of science and technology for the uplift of the region.

Many senior and junior scientists from centre and NE region, representatives from their respective states’ science and technology department participated the meeting.

Later, all the participants were taken to heritage village Kisama for sighseeing and lunch. It may be mentioned that NASTEC has taken up a number of research and technology demonstration projects from the ministry of science and technology, the department of space, GoI, the state government etc., and made a great deal of progress in these areas due to their constant support-technically and financially.

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