2nd Science Congress organized by HIMCOSTE concluded at Shimla

2nd Science Congress organized by HIMCOSTE concluded at Shimla

  • The Congress was attended by nearly 400 participants from various institutions located in North India
  • 58 oral presentations and 47 poster presentations on the first day of the Congress
  • Chief Guest Dr Saraswat inaugurated the exhibition and visited all stalls

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology & Environment, Shimla organized the 2nd Himachal Pradesh Science Congress on 20-21 November at Hotel Peterhoff, Shimla. Dr V.K. Saraswat, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and Member NITI Aayog and Former Director General, DRDO was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Dr. G.S. Goraya, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HOFF), Shimla; Dr. Tej Pratap, Vice Chancellor APG University, Shimla and Dr. Rajinder Dobhal, Director General, Uttrakhand Council for Science & Technology were guests of honour. Dr. Manoj Kumar Patairiya, Director CSIR-NISCAIR, New Delhi; Dr. Krishan Lal, Former Director, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi and Dr. Rup Lal, Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, Delhi were the plenary speakers.

The Congress was attended by nearly 400 participants from various institutions located in North India. A total of 407 research abstracts were received from more than 100 institutions. Nine DST Core groups, research intuitions Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, (CSIR-IHBT), Palampur, Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla; Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Shimla, various private universities of Himachal Pradesh and the Principal Investigators of HIMCOSTE-sponsored Research Projects put up stalls in the Science Exhibition Corner. There were a total of 58 oral presentations and 47 poster presentations on the first day of the Congress.

Science and Technology initiatives are changing lives of people in different parts of the country. Technologies displayed by different community based science organizations (NGO’s) supported under Core Support Programme of the SEED Division of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Govt of India displayed need based and location specific technologies in the field of food processing, solar energy, fodder to feed processing, mushroom cultivation, herbal development, rural engineering, water conservation, nutritional and health security, rural enterprise and livelihood development during 2nd HP Science Congress at  Shimla.

Chief Guest Dr V.K. Saraswat inaugurated the exhibition and visited all stalls with guests of honour Dr G.S. Goraya, Dr Tej Partap, Kunal Satyarthi, Joint Member Secretary HP Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Shimla and other invited Directors and Vice-Chancellors of the universities in the State and took keen interest in technologies implemented by DST Core Groups to address different problems of the community. Ten core support organizations namely, Himalayan Research Group, (HRG) Shimla, HESCO, Dehradun, Society for Technology & Development (STD) Mandi, Vigyan Ashram, Pune, BAIF, Pune, Vigyan Sabha, Bhopal, World Wide Fund (WWF), New Delhi,  World Wide Fund (WWF), Shimla, NB Institute for Rural Technology, Tripura, Development Alternatives Group, Delhi set up stalls of their technologies and products.

Artisan-fabricated solar water and space heating panels, herbal products and mushrooms of the HRG Shimla were attraction to the visitors.  Display of dispensing hot water from the panel was fascinating to the visiting school children and research students from universities undertaking similar kind of solar research for their course work.

Food, fruit and honey processing technologies of HESCO Dehradun, STD Mandi and MPVS also attracted women folk and stalls were also able to sell their products.  FAB lab concept of Vigyan Ashram Pune was an interesting subject for the students and researchers working in designing and fabrication engineering and was all new for many in the exhibition. Work of BAIF in cattle breed improvement & water resource development; WWF in promotion of low cost technologies & fuel efficient units and Vigyan Sabha working in the field of value addition by technological improvements was highly appreciated by the visitors.

Display of the core technologies directly addressed the theme of the Congress for Science and Technology for sustainable livelihood.  DST-SEED Core Support programme implemented with community based science organizations is the flagship initiative of the Govt. of India to address technology needs of the community in rural and remote areas. Kunal Satyarthi, JMS invited core groups to demonstrate their technology models in selected Vigyan Grams of the H.P. and assured full financial and logistic support. Satyarthi also thanked the Department of Science & Technology sponsored Core Groups for actively participating in the 2nd Himachal Pradesh Science Congress.

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