Chief Minister, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated 13th Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress 2018-19 by lightning the lamp, where around 500 renowned scientists, academician, researchers and intellects assembled in the premises of Vigyan Dham, Jhajhra, Dehradun. In this occasion honorable Chief Minister addressed the gathering and mentioned the importance of inculcating the scientific temperament amongst the common folk of Uttarakhand. He mentioned that with science and technology interventions the privileged class could be economically benefited. He showed his concern over the environment and water problems of the state and stated that if we would not work towards the conservation of water it would be tough to fulfill the water requirement in near future. For this he summon the scientific fraternity and welcome them to take scientific initiatives towards the rejuvenation of water resources like, river, wells, ponds, streams etc. so that coming generation would get safe drinking water. He also mentioned that soon UCOST will get the permission from Govt. of India for development of Science City in Dehradun. In his address he asked the young students to observe and absorb as much as they can and take maximum benefit out of this Science Congress event. He visited the Vigyan Dham and was glad while seeing Regional Science Center, Biodiversity park and new mini Solid Waste Management Plant and congratulate UCOST for all their efforts.
The inaugural address was given by Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, DG UCOST and welcomed all the scientists, academicians, researchers and talented students from various university and institutes of Uttarakhand. As this is a rare opportunity, he asked all the participants to maximum interact with the scientists and get maximum benefit out of it. In the inaugural ceremony Shri Sehdev Singh Pundir, MLA Seheshpur, Prof. Tej Pratap, VC GB Pant Agricultural Science & Technology University, Pantnagar, Dr. Sanjeev Mishra, Director AIMS Jodhpur, Dr. R S Raval Director, GBPNIHED, Almora, Dr. Kala Chandra Sein, Director WIHG addressed the gathering. During the ceremony the Science & Technology Excellence Award 2019 were presented to ;
Dr. Dalip Kumar Upreti, Former Scientist, CSIR, Lucknow in the field of Life Science and Prof. Preeti Gangola Joshi, Retired Professor and Head, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Science Banglore, in the field of Neuro Science.
Dr. Mamta, Tecaher LT (Science), Inter College Uttrauda, Kapkote was awarded as NASI Best Science Teacher award for his contribution in teaching Science to the students.
Abstract Book of 13th USSTC and State Biotechnology Policy 2018-23 were released during the event. At the prelude of the Inaugural Session NASI planetary Lecture was delivered by Dr. Sanjeev Mishra, Director AIMS, Jodhpur Rajasthan on the topic “Health Care in India Current scenario, challenges, priorities and way forward”. In this occasion Dr. Rajendra Dobhal presented Thanks to all the dignitaries and mentioned that in this event the young researched should interact with the scientists on their research work and come out with the outlines on the new research plans. This event provides them a platform where participants should utilize to the fullest so that they could contribute towards development of the rural part of the state. The program was compared by Mrs Mona Bali.
Post lunch two sessions were conducted on the topic;
- Panel discussion on Climate Change with reference to Himalayan Ecosystem..Impacts and Mitigation
Chairperson: Dr. SS Negi Former IFS
Shri Kunal Satyarthi, IFS, Prof Tej Pratap, Dr. RS Raval, Dr. Anad Kumar Sharma, Dr. A Patnayak discussed on the topic.
- Brainstorming Session on Potential and Issues in Livelihood generation through NTFP in Uttarakhand
Chairperson: B S Bharfal, Former IFS
HSTS Lepcha, Former IFS, Manoj Chandran, IFS, Ranjan Mishra, IFS, Kapil Joshi, IFS, Charashekhar Senwal, IFS, Mahendra Kuwar, HARC, discussed on the issues.
Biotech Conclave – 2019
A pragmatic approach to foster Uttarakhand Biotech policy 2018-23 from an entrepreneurial opportunities perspective
“Action framework to achieve goals”
Entrepreneurship is the new buzzword among the young innovative minds. The objective of this conclave was to bring together various biotech entrepreneurs, researchers, academicians, industry professionals and biotechnology policy makers to explore the possibilities of accelerating and assisting budding entrepreneurs in biotechnology sector. This conclave stressed on igniting young minds to cultivate entrepreneurial ideas in major biotechnology fields such as Bio-pharma, Bio-agriculture, bio industry, bio-services etc. and increase their awareness on funding options for entrepreneurial ventures.
- Uttarakhand is India’s emerging Biotech hub due to its rich biodiversity, fragile eco- systems, rich flora and fauna including a large number of rare medicinal and aromatic plants and a plethora of land races and agri-climatic zones.
- To support the growth of Biotechnology, Uttarakhand Biotechnology policy 2018- The promulgation of policy by the state government envisions on numerous incentives/financial assistance to priority areas and work towards innovation development, deployment or commercialization of new products or services driven by technology or intellectual property.
During the technical sessions of the conclave prominent industrialists, officials from UCOST and Uttarakhand Council for Biotechnology, academicians and representatives of the industries deliberated on the present scenario of biotechnology in Uttarakhand and entrepreneurial opportunities for young innovators as well as start up enterprises.
The key topics of discussion were
- Roadmap to implement Uttarakhand Biotechnology policy 2018-2013
- Entrepreneurial opportunities in Biotechnology sectors such as healthcare industries, agri/plant Biotechnology, Bioservices etc
- Key challenges and existing barriers confronting current scenario and much needed future strategies to tackle these challenges and to break the barriers
- Experience and perspective sharing by successful ventures operating in the Biotechnology sectors
- Generated awareness about the existing funding opportunities/ incentives/financial assistance
- Strategizing to gainfully implement newly instated Biotech policy to accomplish Uttarakhand’s dominant position in biotech sector
- The conclave aims to reduce regulatory hurdles for start-ups that may help Uttarakhand to become more competitive economic player in biotech field.
- This conclave will encourage start ups and industrial investments.
- Dr. Purnima Sharma, Managing Director, Biotech Consortium, Body of DBT, GOI stated that they will support Uttarakhand for establishing Biotech Park and incubator center for the upcoming young Bio-tech industrialist. Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, DG, UCOST and Director, Uttarakhand Council for Bio technology state that council has made a provision of 5 crore for young start up entrepreneurs from Uttarakhand whose DPR will be selected by UCB.
- N Ravi Shankar, Former Chief Secretary Uttarakhand, Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, UCOST, Prof. A.N. Purohit, Former VC, HNBGU, Dr. Purnima Sharma, Managing Director, Biotech Consortium, Body of DBT, GOI, Dr. Subhra Chakraborty, New Delhi, Prof. Naveen Kumar Navani, IIT, Roorkee, Dr. Atul Kumer, New Delhi, H.P. Singh, Director, Ambe Phytoextracts Pvt. Ltd., Dr. R.P,. Joshi, CEO, RI Instrument and innovation india, Dr. Manish Diwan, BIRAC, New Delhi, Nitin Agarwal, Director, TIE, New Delhi, Dr. Shikha Nehru Sharma, MD, Nutrihealth, New Delhi, Dr, M.A. Rama Krishnan, IVRI, Mukteswar Nainital, Dr. Bhuvesh Shrivastava, BIRAC, New Delhi, Dr. Manoj Bhatt, Jammu University , Dr . Kirti Joshi, UCOST were experts in Bio tech conclave program.
National Mathematics Day-2019: – in which the topic was Mathematical thinking for realigning students towards mathematics was also celebrated on 2nd day of State Science Congress. Chair person were Prof. H.S. Dhami, VC, Uttarakhand Residential Univesity, Almora, Prof. Deepak Singh, Bhopal MP, Prof. Vinod Kumar Katiyar, IIT Rookee, Dr. Pradeep Kothiyal, DAV PG College, Dehradun, Prof. Santosh Dubey, UPES, Dehradun, Prof. M. Syamala Devi, Punjab University, Chandigarh, Prof. Kukul Bhatt, Mumbai, Prof. B. P. Chamola, Jypee Institute of mathematics, Nodia, Dr. Lokesh Joshi, Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, Dr. Jaipal Singh DBS, College Dehradun, Dr. Pratibha Joshi, UPES, Dehradun, Dr. Maheshwar Pathak, UPES, Dehradun, Dr. D.P. Uniyal ,UCOST, Kanchan Dobhal, UCOST and more than 100 students were also present.
The second day of 13th Uttarakhand Science Congress-2019 going on at Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology, Vigyan Dham was accomplished with 16 Technical sessions on various disciplines. Young researchers and scientists have given their oral and poster presentations amongst which ‘Young Scientists’ in each discipline would be selected.
In the second day of 13th Uttarakhand Science Congress-2019, 16 technical sessions were conducted parallel at different meeting halls on the disciplines; Agricultural Science, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering Science & Technology, Home Science, Environment Science & Forestry, Mathematics; Statistics & Computer Science, Medical Science, Physics, Material Science & Nano-Technology, Rural Technology, Science & Society/Science Communication, Innovator, Zoology, Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry. In these sessions 510 young researchers and scientists presented their research work through oral and poster presentations. All these presentations were evaluated by the experts from all across the country and recognized institutes like; NCSM, IIT Delhi, Delhi University, Punjab University, Dr. YS Parmer Horticulture and agriculture University, Solan, HP, Sase-DRDO lab, Chandigarh, ISERC, Mohali, ICR Institute Patna, Indian Meteorological department, New Delhi, AFC, New Delhi, NRDC , New Delhi, NIMHANS-Bangalore etc.
13th Uttarakhand State Science & Technology Congress gets successfully accomplished with 46 young scientist awardees being honored. For this occasion the Chief Guest Retd. Major General Anand Singh, Chairman UKPSC motivated participants to be doer and develop passion for nation and try to contribute through innovative researchers towards benefit of society. He salute the soldiers who are safeguarding our borders and stated that it’s because Science & Technology our soldiers became well equipped and wish all the tensions across the borders come to an end and peace resumes.
On the occasion of National Science Day, the distinguished speaker for the session Shri Hem Kumar Pande (Retd. IAS) analyses all the Nation Science Day Themes since 1999 till 2019 and showed a picture on from where we started, where we are right now and on what way we are heading. He also elaborated on the theme for this year “Science for the People, and the People for Science” and summons young researchers to develop scientific temperament and come up with small innovations that could changes our daily life. He also asked students to be an entrepreneur and develop devices for solid waste management so that our Himalaya and hills could get rid of garbage heaps.
Padam Shri Prof. Ravi Kant, Director, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Shri N. Ravi Shankar (Retd. IAS), Former Chief Secretary, Govt. Of UK, Prof. Hem Chandra, Vice Chancellor, HNB Uttarakhand Medical Education University, Dr. V B Mathur, Director Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Dr Prakash Chauhan, Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun also addressed the gathering and motivated students to be innovative and be passionate towards research. All the dignitaries applauded and congratulates all the efforts of Dr. Rajendra Dobhal and his teams for organizing such a huge event with at most ease and effortlessly.
Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, Director General UCOST, declared that out of 500 papers presented in the 13th USSTC, 46 students were selected for Young Scientist Award amongst which 30 were female and 16 male participants. He congratulates all the winners and they were felicitated with Young Scientist Award and certificates. Upasna from G.B. Pant University, Pantnagar was awarded Innovator of the Year -2018-19. Book entitled “The Glimpse from Survey of India covering 250 year” by Retd. Brig. K G Behl was also released by the dignitaries on the dais.