DAINIK NATION BUREAU
There is a definite need of industrial growth in utilisation of medicinal and aromatic plants sector, agricultural crops, vegetables and fruits specific to mountains through food processing units, technologies and expertise. The Uttarakhand governor Krishan Kant Paul said this after inaugurating the 11th Science and Technology Congress of Uttarakhand being organised by the Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) at Vigyan Dham, Dehradun. On the occasion, the governor also emphasised on the need for cultivation of scientific temper among the youth and masses in Uttarakhand so that fruits of science and technology may reach the poor and bring about their economic upliftment.
The Governor expressed hope 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 region. 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 commercialisation.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the director general of UCOST, Rajendra Dobhal said that the 11th Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress 2017 is being organised with the main objective of making 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 an important role for populirisation of latest techniques as well latest ideas and researches and provides a common platform to the young scientists of the state. Dobhal highlighted that under 16 disciplines, 64 young scientists will be adjudged by an experts’ jury and felicitated for their oral and poster research paper presentation during the congress with “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 mountains.
On the inaugural day of the science and technology congress, the governor also presented Science and Technology Excellence Awards to professor Asha Chandola Saklani, Centre for Biosciences and Clinical Research, Gurugram, Haryana (for biotechnology discipline), Dinesh K Aswal, director of National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi (for Physical Sciences discipline), Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal, former director NBRI, Lucknow (for Life Sciences discipline). The NASI Best Science Teacher Award- 2016 was presented to Deep Chandra Joshi of VMJS Government Inter College, Bageshwar.