14th USSTC 2020 held at Vigyan Dham, Jhajra, Dehradun

14th USSTC 2020 held at Vigyan Dham, Jhajra, Dehradun During 27th -29th Feb, 2020

14th USSTC 2020 held at Vigyan Dham

Day 1

In front of 500 renowned scientists, academician, researchers and intellects assembled in the premises of Vigyan Dham, Jhajhra, Dehradun Prof. Ashok Misra, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, dr. S.S.Negi, Vice Chairman, Uttarakhand Rural Development and Migration Commission, R K Sudhanshu , Secretary, Science & Technology, Prof. Mukesh Tripathi, Director, AIIMS, Vijaywara, Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Prakash Chauhan, Director, IIRS, Dehradun, Dr. R.S. Rawal, Director, GBPNIHESD, Almora &  Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, DG, UCOST jointing inaugurated the 14 State Science and Technology Congress at Vigyan Dham. Prof. Ashok Misra, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore addressed the gathering and mentioned the importance of inculcating the scientific temperament amongst the common folk of Uttarakhand. He told about the contribution of Indian scientists and invation promotion in the society. The inaugural address was given by Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, DG UCOST he 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  Ramesh Kumar Sudhanshu, Secretary Information and Science technology told that in every field of life there is some science in it, we should respect science and grow scientific temper in society. He also informed that very soon Uttarakhand Govt. will be upgrading the science centre Vigyan Dham to a big science city, ministry of culture Govt. of India has agreed for the budget allocation with 60 percent of centre Govt. and 40 percent that of state. During the ceremony the Science & Technology Excellence Award 2019-20 were presented to : Prof Harsha Sinvhal, Geophysicist in the field of Earth Sciences, Prof. D.K. Maheshwari, Former, VC, Gurukul Kangari University, Haridwar in the field of Life Sciences and Dr. Ranbeer Singh Rawal, Director, GBPNIHESD, Almora in the field of Environmental Science. Sh. Ram Asre Singh Chauhan, Assistant Teacher (Science), Govt. Inter College Barkot, Uttarkashi was awarded as NASI Best Science Teacher award for his contribution in teaching Science to the students. Abstract Book of 14th USSTC and brochure of Himalayan Knowledge Network were released during the event. At the prelude of the Inaugural Session NASI planetary Lecture was delivered by Prof. Ashok Misra, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on the topic “Fostering creativity and innovation in science and technology”.  In this occasion Dr. B. P Purohit 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. In the program sambhave vichar Manch presented Nukkad play in which they acted on different science based activities, which are beneficial for the society.

Day 2

UCOST conducted brain storming session on “Himalayan Knowledge Network”

Main scope of “Himalayan Knowledge Network”

  • Knowledge/Data Availability (What we have)
  • Possibility of Knowledge, data sharing (What we can share)
  • Suggested mechanism (what can be done for sharing)

Consultative  workshop on “Himalayan Knowledge Network” organized by G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology held at Vigyan Dham, Dehradun. Dr. P.P. Dhyani, VC, Shri Dev Suman University, Tehri Garhwal  Chaired the session and co-chaired by Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, DG, UOST, Dr. R S. Rawal ,Director, Dr. R.S. Rawal, Director, GBPNIHESD, Almora and Dr. RC Sundriyal, GBPNIHESD, Almora and Dr. Piyush Joshi, was the coordinator of the session. 7 Science and Technology Council that is Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim and Uttarakhand participated in the workshop and gave an overview of the valuable activities on their councils. Dr. R.S. Rawal welcome all the participates he said that their should be a centralized data management system in which all the data should be available. G.B. Pant Institute has taken an initiative of Himalayan Knowledge Network which will connect all the institutions, Universities, Councils and knowledge agencies  for the benefit of larger mass. Dr.R.C. Sundriyal spoke on bridging science, policies and practices to foster sustainable development in the India Himalayan Region. He said that mountains constitutes 22 percent of worlds land surface and 12 percent of worlds peoples and Indian Himalayan region includes 11 states (9 fully and 2 partially) . and to union territories, 100 percent glacial and alpine system is contributed by Mountains. Sustainable Development of greater part of the country is largely dependent on resources orgnating in the Himalayan Region . Dr. A.A. Mao, Prof A.N. Purohit, Dr. GS Rawat, Dr Rakesh Shah, Dr. R.S. Rawal, Dr. B.P. Purohit, Dr. D.P. Uniyal, Dr. Ashok Misra, Dr. S.C Pokhriyal, Dr. Briej Mohan Sharma and representatives of 7 Councils in very institutes from the states were also presents.

Main out come :

  • To develop/strengthen regional hub of academicians, scholars and knowledge centers
  • To promote strengthen evidence based policies and practices.
  • Sharing of research findings and good practice across Indian Himalayan regions on similar issues.
  • Collaborative research benefits in and for Indian Himalayan region and stake holders links to other research initiatives.
  • Niti Aayog will recognize the uniqueness of the Himalays and challenges for sustainable develop under Himalayan Knowledge Network.


On the occasion the National Mathematics Day was also celebrated, a brainstorming session on ‘Challenges in Mathematics Education’ was conducted. The session was chaired by Prof. Dhirendra Bahuguna, Department of Mathematics IIT Kanpur. The lead speaker were Prof Kalyan Chakraborty, Department of Mathematics Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Prayagraj. Prof. Durga Toshniwal, Prof Bhagwati Prasad Chamola, Prof R K Saini, Sh S K Gupta, Sh Sanjeev Kumar, Sh Maheshanand, Sh Dwijendra Narain Pandey, Dr Pradeep Kothiyal, Dr B S Rawat, Dr Kulvir Singh Rana, Dr Rashi Bhargava were the experts for the session. The second day of 14th Uttarakhand Science Congress-2020 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 14th Uttarakhand Science Congress-2020, 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 500 young researchers and scientists presented their research work through oral and poster presentations.

Day 3

14th Uttarakhand State Science & Technology Congress gets successfully accomplished with 55 young scientist awardees being honored. For this occasion the Chief Guest Dr. Sanjeev Chopra, Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, motivated participants to be doer and develop passion for science and try to contribute through innovative researchers towards benefit of society. He said that every one does not get such a platform in which such a high level of scientist are available for researchers at one place. On the occasion of National Science Day, the distinguished speaker for the session Prof Ajit  K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT, Roorkee told that IIT, Roorkee and UCOST will work together for science and the proposals for startups which ucost will produce IIT, Roorkee will help in full swing. Dr. Anjan Ray, Director, IIP, Dehradun briefly told about the work done by the IIP for production of biofule from e-waste, Plastic waste and reused oils.  Dr. A.A. Mao, Director, Botanical Server of India, Dr. Kailash Chandra, Director, Zoological Survey of India, Prof. Rajender Singh Sangwan, Director, AcSIR, Dr. Hem Chandra, VC HNB Medical Education University, Dehradun also spooked.

Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, Director General UCOST, declared that out of 500 papers presented in the 13th USSTC, 55 students were selected for Young Scientist Award amongst which 32 were female and 23 male participants. He congratulates all the winners and they were felicitated with Young Scientist Award and certificates. Sandeep Pandy, DSB Campus Kumaun University, Nainital was awarded Innovator  Award. Dr. Ajit Pathak Conferred with distinguished science Communicator Award .On the occasion of valedictory  function of  14th Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress-2020 in the field of Science Communication Dr. Ajit Pathak National President Public relations  society of India was felicitated with distinguished science communicator Award. The Award was decided by organizing committee of 14th Science Congress and was given by Dr. Sanjeev Chopra, Director, LBS, Academy, Dr. A.A. Mao, Director, Botanical Server of India, Dr. Kailash Chandra, Director, Zoological Survey of India, Prof. Rajender Singh Sangwan, Director, AcSIR, Dr. Hem Chandra, VC HNB Medical Education University, Dehradun, Dr. Anjan Ray, Director, IIP, Dehradun, Dr. R.S, Rawal, Director, GB. Pant Institute, Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, UCOST. On the occasion from PRSI, Dehradun Chapter, Amit Pokhriyal, Chairman, Anil Sati, Secretary, Suresh Bhatt, Treasure, Rakesh Dobhal, Joint Secretary, Sudhakar Bhatt, Ajay  Dabral, Mahesh and Veent were also present. Dr Ashutosh Mishra Organizing Secretary 14th USSTC -2020 gave a vote of Thanks to all the dignitaries, Experts and participants.

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