UK development lies in fruit cultivation: IHBT director

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

The second day of the 11th Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress saw a science conclave and a ‘Make in India’ workshop with 16 technical sessions on Friday.

 

Addressing the gathering at the science conclave, the director of Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology (IHBT) Palampur, Sanjay Kumar said that the objective of achieving the financial and social development of the state lies in the fruits grown here and development and  establishment of the food processing units.

 

Earlier while expressing his views, the director general of Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) Rajendra Dobhal said that science acts as an engine for developing the economy of India and the Himalayan states. For a mountainous state like Uttarakhand, latest scientific technologies should be adopted for the utilisation of the state’s natural resources like water, forests and appropriate climate. For this purpose, the educationists, researchers, scientists, technical experts and the knowledgeable members of the general   public need to share their experiences. The UCOST director general further opined that organisation of the science conclave will help in framing a plan of action for conservation of medicinal and aromatic plants along with collection of inputs on water and issues related to it.

Other invited experts including the director of the Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (IISWC) PK Mishra, state principal chief conservator of forests Jairaj, chief general manager of Jal Sansthan, SK Gupta were also among the 50 plus speakers who expressed their views on science and technology issues related to Uttarakhand during the science conclave.

The 11th USSTC further saw 16 technical session on subjects pertaining to 16 disciplines including agricultural sciences, biotechnology, biochemistry and microbiology, botany; chemistry, earth sciences and geology, geophysics, glaciology and geography, engineering science and technology, environmental science and forestry, home science, mathematics, statistics and computer science, medical science including pharmaceutical science, physics, material science and nano technology, rural technology, science and society/science communication, veterinary sciences and animal husbandry and zoology. A total of 429 students and scientists made their oral and poster presentations with their research work before the experts. On recommendation of the selection committee, female and male scientists will be awarded the Yuva Vaigyanik Award during the valedictory function of the science and technology congress to be held on Saturday.

 

A workshop on science and technology innovation for “Make in India” was also held on the occasion to evolve, understand and discuss the scientific and technological options to  realise the concept of “Make in India” in industry sector at the district level of the state. The workshop inaugurated by state’s micro, small and medium enterprises principal secretary Manisha Panwar was attended by general managers of 13 District Innovation Centres (DICs), representatives from State industrial sector, bankers, academicians, scientists and other stakeholders. The main objectives of the workshop were promotion and development of industrial activity, integrating science and technology with innovation and to link the Government of India’s initiatives like Make in India, start up programmes and skill development programmes with the state.

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