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JU organizes Curtain Raiser Event of National Science Day

JAMMU: Extensive Research done by the scientists has helped to resolve societal problems, said Dr. D. Srinivasa Reddy, Director CSIR IIIM, Jammu in a Curtain Raiser event of National Day organized by the Department of Students Welfare, University of Jammu on the theme "Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills, and Work".

Citing glaring examples in the context of crop protection, medicinal chemistry, insect repellents and drug development, he explained how breakthrough research and experimentation is silently resolving societal issues. While Answering the questions of the audience, he asserted that it is also a matter of pride that in doing a synthesis of the molecules of natural resources, the traditional knowledge of Ayurveda and Indian Scriptures are also taken into consideration.

Prof. Manoj K Dhar in his presidential address asserted that the University of Jammu has done extensive research work which has been recognized at National and International foras and Prof Dhar complimented the faculty, students, and scholars for their endeavor to take research benchmark to next level set by the University from time to time. He also proposed collaborative efforts by the University of Jammu and CSIR IIIM Jammu which will reap a great benefit for the students.

Speaking about the importance of Science and Technology and relevance of celebrating National Science Day, he informed that in a week-long celebration, a series of events such as Poster Making, Debate, Quiz etc. would be organized at the University of Jammu which would culminate with the valedictory address on 28th of February at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; MoS in the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space.

Earlier in a question and answer session, besides others Prof. Arvind Jasrotia, Registrar, University of Jammu also raised a pertinent query that when a drug is prepared taking lead from the traditional knowledge, are the people who are custodian of that knowledge given due credit, which was aptly answered by Dr. Reddy.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Prof. Rajni Kant, Dean of Sciences informed in detail various contours associated with the celebration of National Science Day. Prof Rajni Kant further said that during the past two years under the able leadership of Prof Dhar, various landmark decisions were taken especially in the field of Science to promote research & Innovations on the Campus.

Prof. Rajni Kant, Dean Sciences, Prof. Kamal K. Kapoor, HoD Chemistry, Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, former HoD, Botany and Prof. Prakash C. Antahal, Dean Students Welfare were also present on the dais.

Prof. Kamal K. Kapoor in his introductory address said that the Research INdrastructure got augmented under the guidance of Prof Dhar as he himself is an internationally acclaimed Scientist. Prof. Yash Pal Sharma presented a distinctive vote of thanks. The programme was conducted by Dr. Madhulika Bhagat

Among others Prof. Roopma Gandotra, Dean Faculty of Life Sciences, Prof. Anupama Vohra, Chairperson, Campus Cultural Committee, Prof. B.K. Bajaj, Associate Dean, SW, Prof. Vinay Chauhan, OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Deans, Heads of the Departments, faculty members, students, and scholars of the University of Jammu were also present on the occasion.

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