Innovation key to achieve breakthrough in science: Governor

5-day INSPIRE camp begins at KU


Srinagar, Sep 7: Terming innovation as key to achieve new breakthroughs and milestones in science Governor NN Vohra on Saturday impressed upon young scientists and researchers to pool their energies and resources together so as to address the problems faced by the ecology of the state of JK.
 While addressing the young scientists, scholars, students and faculty members at the University of Kashmir during the inaugural function of the 5-day INSPIRE program sponsored by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology GOI Governor N N Vohra who is also the Chancellor of the University said, “When we talk of our state of JK there are several problems which are peculiar to it in terms of the threat and challenges faced by its flora and fauna. Therefore it is our moral responsibility to ponder over the issues which are affecting our ecology and the key to success is innovation in our scientific methods and approaches.”
  Vohra who was the chief guest at the inaugural event of INSPIRE  said that there is a need to groom the young generation of the state with a scientific outlook so that they would be able to understand and deal with the regional dynamics affecting the climate, geology and ecology of the region.
 “The imminent threat posed by frequent earthquakes to the life and property of our people and climatic change affecting the pattern and production of our crops are the two significant areas which are going to be very critical in future as far as the survival of the people in this region is concerned. Therefore our young generation should be well equipped with such mental faculties and technological aids that they would be able to achieve breakthroughs in their research and negotiate with these challenges scientifically,” said Vohra.
 He said that the DST, GOI is sponsoring young scholars and scientists for various fellowships and scholarships under several schemes to pursue research in Science and Technology with an aim to build up a human resource pool in future which is scientifically progressive and enlightened.
 Urging the young students and scholars of science who are participating in the camp to seize the opportunity and try to learn from renowned scientists and veterans who are acting as resource persons for the 5-day program Vohra said, “This is a great opportunity for you to learn and interact with the veterans in the field of scientific research. You must interact with them and try to understand what is happening around the world in the field of science and technology. This will broaden your vision and provide you some idea about how to deal with scientific problems and other environmental issues which you are facing at local level. ”
 On the occasion Vohra appreciated the University of Kashmir for initiating and organizing such programs which are aimed at the advancement of science and increasing its popularity amongst the young ones in the region.
 While presiding over the inaugural function Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad said the 5-day INSPIRE program has become a regular feature of the University and so far the University has been very successful in organizing it.
 Maintaining that the program is aimed at nourishing the curiosity of young minds in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in science and facilitate their out –of- the- box thinking at an early age Prof Talat while addressing the young students and scientists said: “These days we have been witnessing frequent earthquakes in Doda, Kishtawar and Bhaderwah parts of our state and as students and teachers of science it`s is our special duty to understand the overall dynamics of the region and try to seek answers to these questions and issues which if left unattended and unresolved can have a huge bearing on the future of this region .”
 Earlier Prof Ron Vale who is Professor and Vice Chair at Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology University of California USA said: “I am very excited to know and impressed to see the advancement and progress made in Science and Technology in India. As the country is bracing up for vast expansion the extension in science and technology the future of those students and young scientists engaged in scientific pursuits is promising.”
 Speaking on the occasion Prof Uma Shankar from University of Agricultural Sciences Bengaluru, India said “I have been associated with this program for several years now and every time I find a new level of enthusiasm and energy amongst the young students and scientists. The beauty of science is that on a given day a student of science can even teach his own teacher something very unusual which the teacher has never come across before.”
 Besides students from various schools, colleges and universities Dean Academic Affairs KU Prof AM Shah, Dean Research KU Prof Khursheed Andrabi, Registrar KU Prof Zaffar A.Reshi, DCDC Prof Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Registrar Central University of Kashmir Prof M Afzal Zargar and various Deans, Heads of the various Departments and senior faculty member of KU were also present during the inaugural function.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 7 Sep 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 8 Sep 2013 00:00:00 IST

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