11th Uttarakhand State Science & Technology Congress

11th Uttarakhand State Science & Technology Congress held at Vigyan Dham during 2-4 March, 2017

11th Uttarakhand State Science & Technology Congress

Day 1

In presence of more than 600 renowned scientists, educationalists, research scholars and young scientists from all over the Uttarakhand State, His Excellency the Governor of Uttarakhand    Dr. K.K. Paul inaugurated 11th Science & Technology Congress of Uttarakhand hosted by Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) at Vigyan Dham, Jhajra, Dehradun today. On this occasion Governor Dr. K.K. Paul said that there is a great need for cultivation of scientific temper amongst youth and masses in Uttarakhand so that fruits of Science and technology may reach up to poor’s for their economic upliftment.

Governor Dr. Paul in his inaugural speech at the opening of the 11th Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress (USSTC-2017) said that there is definite need of industrial growth in utilization of aromatic plants sector, agricultural crops, vegetables and fruits specific to hills through food processing units through technologies, technical inputs and expertise.

The Governor hoped that this congress, in its deliberations, will   evolve strategies that would be pivotal and exemplary in promoting the processes of the sustainable development in Uttarakhand, particularly its mountain areas.  He said Uttarakhand being a hub of education with 26 universities and several other state and central government institutes must translate into the sustainable development of the state and must set an example for country. He said patents should be potentially exploited for commercialization. Dr. Paul gave learning to young researcher of Uttarakhand that “Way to Laxmi is through Saraswati”.

During inauguration ceremony held at UCOST, Dehradun Governor Dr. Paul felicitated three eminent senior scientists with origin from Uttarakhand with “Science and Technology Excellence Awards”. Dr. Paul also felicitated awardee teacher from Madhyamic Education of Uttarakhand with “ The National Academy of Sciences India”  Best Science Teacher Award- 2016. On this occasion Dr. Paul also released the “Souvenir and Abstract Book” of USSTC- 2017.

Awardees of “Science and Technology Excellence Awards”
Prof. Asha Chandola Saklani, Centre for Biosciences and Clinical Research, Apeejay Stya University, Gurugram, Haryana

(For Biotechnology  discipline)

Dr. Dinesh K. Aswal, Director, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi

(For Physical Sciences discipline)

Dr. Chander Shekhar Nautiyal, Former Director NBRI, Lucknow

(For Life Sciences discipline)

Awardee of  NASI  Best Science Teacher Award- 2016
Shri Deep Chandra Joshi of V.M.J.S. Government Inter College, Bageshwar

Director General, UCOST, Dr. Rajendra Dobhal delivered Welcome Address and said that discussions between young and senior researchers on novel scientific discoveries and researches as well as findings will open new potential and avenues for the holistic development for our hill state and its people.On this occasion Special Address were delivered by very eminent and experienced scientists and academicians as Special Guests on dais.

Experts and Invited Special Guests present on dais
Dr Praveen Arora, Advisor, Deptt. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India Dr Sanjeev Mishra, Director ,All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh
Prof. A.N. Purohit, Former VC,

HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar

Dr U.S. Rawat, Vice Chancellor,       Sri Dev Suman Uttarakhand University, Tehri Garhwal
Dr S.P.S. Khanuja, Former Director,

Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow

Prof. M.O. Garg (Former DG, CSIR), Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Dr S.S. Negi, Director General ,

Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India, New Delhi

The vote of thanks of the inaugural ceremony was given by Dr. Piyush Joshi of UCOST. During forenoon the NASI Plenary Lecture was delivered by Dr. S.P.S. Khanuja, Former Director, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow on the topic “No-limits–agriculture: the innovation path of translational science enabling livelihood and entrepreneurship”.

In the afternoon of first day of the State Congress, parallel Popular Lectures in different seminar halls of Regional Science Centre and UCOST were delivered by two senior and experience experts under the disciplines of Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.

Popular Lectures delivered by Experts
(1) Prof. K.S. Mishra,  Former, Additional Director Genera, Geological Survey of India, Dehradun (2) Prof. M.O. Garg, Former DG-CSIR, GOI and IIT, Bombay.
Life Sciences discipline Physical Sciences discipline
Topic: “ Management of water resources for attaining double digit growth rate” Topic: Swachch Bharat, Smart Cities, Clean Energy; Can we convert these dreams into reality

Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, DG, UCOST said that 11th Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress (USSTC) 2017 is being organized regularly and annually in state. The main objective of the Congress is to make opportunities available to the young researchers and scientists to be acquainted with latest scientific inventions and present their research papers before the renowned scientific community of India. He said that annual science congress plays a very important role for populirization of latest techniques as well latest ideas and researches and provides a common platform to the young scientists of the state. Dr. Dobhal highlighted that under 16 disciplines, 64 young scientists will be adjudged by experts (Jury) from outside the State throughout the Nation and felicitated for their oral and poster research paper presentation during the congress as “Young Scientist Awards” . He further said that one “Innovator of the Year” award will also be given to innovator from Uttarakhand for non formal lab work beneficial for common man of hills.On this occasion, the eminent scientist and academicians present included Prof. H.S. Dhami, Prof. Saudan Singh, Prof. MSM Rawat, Rekesh Oberoi, Dr. Farooq Ahmad, Sh. AB Lal, Sh. Indu Prakash Pandey, Dr. Ram Prasad, Bineeta Shah, Dr. B.P. Purohit, Dr D.P Uniyal, Dr. Ashutosh Mishra, Dr. Prashant Singh, Amit Pokhriyal besides other dignitaries.

Day 2

11th State Science & Technology Congress 2016-17 hosts “Science Conclave” and “Make in India” workshop including 16 technical sessions.On the second day of the ongoing 11th USSTC-2017, Science conclave, Make in India workshop, 16th discipline including Innovator of the Year Award for technical sessions was held jointly. On the occasion of the Science Conclave, Dr Sanjay Kumar, Director, IHBT, Palampur said that the objective of achieving the financial and social development of the state lies in fruits grown here and development and  establishment of the food processing units.In the introductory speech Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, Director General, UCOST said that for the developers the economy of India and the Himalayan states, science acts as an engine. For a hilly state like Uttarakhand he emphasised for the utilization of the natural resources such as water, forest and appropriate climate with the latest and new technologies related to science. He said that for this the educationist, researchers, scientists, technical experts and the knowledgeable general   public to share their experiences. Dr Dobhal also said that the organization of the Science Conclave will help in framing a plan of action for conservations of medicinal and aromatic plants and also inputs to water importance to water related issues can be given.

 The invited, experts were Prof. A.N. Purohit, Shri N.S. Napalchayal, Shri Jairaj, Er. H.P. Uniyal, Shri Vidya Sagar, Dr B.N. Sharma and Dr Narendra Singh with Prof. S.P. Singh, Prof. K.K. Raina (VC, DIT University, Dehradun), Dr B.K. Joshi (Ex VC, HNBGU), Er. R.D. Singh (Director, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee), Dr P.K. Misra (Director, ICAR – Indian Institute of Water Conservation, Dehradun) with Er. S.K. Gupta, CGM, Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan, Dehradun with more than 50 speakers speaking “Science & Technology issued related to Uttarakhand” in the Conclave.

The 11th USSTC 16 technical session was organized on various subjects in different meeting halls. The 16 discipline : Agricultural Sciences; Biotechnology, Biochemistry & Microbiology; Botany; Chemistry; Earth Sciences and Geology, Geophysics, Glaciology and Geography; Engineering Science and Technology; Environmental Science & Forestry; Home Science; Mathematics; Statistics & Computer Science; Medical Science including Pharmaceutical Science; Physics; Material Science & Nano Technology; Rural Technology; Science & Society/ Science Communication; Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry; Zoology. Under these technical session 429 students and eminent scientist presented their oral and poster, with their research work before the experts.

The experts of National and International level evaluated the oral and written posters. On the recommendations of the selection committee two categories – 1) Age 20-30 2) 40 years age 64 young male and female scientists will be awarded “Yuwa Vaigyanik Award” in the Valedictory Function that will be organised tomorrow.In the Science Congress, 07 participate also presented before that Panel for which award for “Innovator of the Year” will be awarded.The entire recommendations of the experts for various session organized will be presented by the DG, UCOST, Dr Rajendra Dobhal in the closing ceremony on 4th March. In the organization of the technical sessions the organizing secretary Dr Ashutosh Mishra gave an active participation. For the organization of Make in India and Science Conclave, Dr. B.P. Purohit, Dr. D.P. Uniyal, Dr Praveen Onial, Dr Prabhakar Badoni, Dr Piyush Joshi and Dr. Govind Kumar actively participated.The other important dignitaries present were Dr Prashant Singh, Dr Brijmohan Sharma, Mr Amit Pokhriyal, Dr Anju Rawat, Dr. Ajeet Kaur and other Dignitaries, Scientists, Experts, Teachers and researchers were present.

Workshop on

S&T Innovation for “Make in India”:

Promoting Manufacturing at District Level


A workshop on Science & Technology Innovation for “Make in India” took place in UCOST, Dehradun to evolve, understand and discuss the options from science & technology and to  realize the concept of “Make in India” in industry sector at district level of the state. The function was inaugurated by Mrs. Manisha Panwar, Principal Secretary, MSME Industries, Govt. Of Uttarakhand. Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, Director General, UCOST, welcomed chief guest. The function was the joint effort of DST and UCOST and an initative under the ASPIRE Program of DST being executed by , Administrative Staff College of India(ASCI) Hyderabad and knowledge partners – Centre for knowledge, Ideas and Development studies(KnIDS),Delhi. The workshop was attended by General Managers of 13 District Innovation Centres (DIC’s), representatives from State Industrial sectors, Bankers, Academicians, Scientists and several stakeholders. The main objective of the workshop were promotion and development of industrial activity, integrating science and technology with innovation and to link the GOI’s initiatives like Make in India, Start up Programs and skill development programs with the state.  On this occasion presentation were given by Dr. Praveen Arora, Advisor & Head, DST, GOI, Prof Nirmalya Bagchi, Dean of Research Studies, Administrative Staff College of India(ASCI) Hyderabad,  Prof Pradosh Nath, Director, KnIDS. The state initiatives were represented by Mr Sudhir Nautiyal Additional Director, Directorate of Industries, MrNirp Indra Chauhan, Scientist Incharge CAP Selaqui and several DIC’s.  Mrs Manisha Panwar,Principal Secretary MSME Industries appreciated the efforts of UCOST in bringing DICs, DST, ASCII, Banks and Educational Institutes on a common platform.The program ended with vote of thanks given by Prof Tanweer Alam Majhari, KnIDS.The program was co-ordinated by Dr Piyush Joshi and Dr Govind Kumar from UCOST.

 Day 3

Three days science congress ended with felicitation of young scientist at Vigyan Dham. On this occasion, Chief Guest of the function Prof. Kishan Lal, Co-Chairman GNSA in his address to 600 young, senior scientist and specialist said that correct and proven facts of Science & Scientific knowledge should be simple through which general public should be made aware.

Dr. Lal said that biggest joy of science is like the joy of coming close to God. He asked the best mind of present generation to work to deliver quality research in field of science. UCOST congratulated all the researchers who received the young scientist award, he asked them to study the need of Uttarakhand state and assured all possible help in research from UCOST. On this occasion Director of NISCAIR, Dr. Manoj Kumar Patairiya stressed the need of spreading the benefits of science to general public through communication media and on development of scientific temperament on a bigger scale.

FRI Director, Dr. Savita talked about research on saving the loss of forest resources. Chancellor of Uttarakhand Residential University, Almora, Dr. H. S. Dhami asked the youth to improve the power of creative thinking and to deliver new things. Vice Chancellor of H.N. B. Medical Science Education University, Professor Saudan Singh talked about creation of employment opportunities and establishment of new medical units.

Director of VIPKAS of Almora, Dr. A. Pattnayak emphasized on the need to encourage facts based science and scientific education among youth. Science writer Shri D. C. Sharma talked about giving importance to research done by India scientist in MODERN media. Shri Kunal Satryarthi member secretary science and technology, environment council of Himachal Pradesh suggested that the conclave of science teachers and regional children science congress should be organised. The closing ceremony of the 11th Science Congress was anchored by Mrs. Mona Bali and for the over all function of science congress vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. D. P. Uniyal. DG, UCOST in his address said that in the11th science congress various oral and poster research papers in 16 disciplines were evaluated national and international experts who gave their recommendation for the awards to 52 young researchers for the young scientist award. Among them were 22 male and 30 female researchers for young scientist award. Selected young scientist was honoured by giving them commendation letters and mementos. Maximum 11 awards were given to research scholars of GB Pant University of Agriculture &Technology. Followed by seven awards which were given to students of Kumaon University and 5 awardees were from FRI Dehradun. On this occasion Innovator of the Year Award was given to Mr. Arun Pratap Singh Rathod of Graphic Era University. Active role was played by entire UCOST team in organizing the Science Congress.

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