INYAS and Indian National Science Academy organizes National Science Day 2021.
It was an honour to have Sri Sanjay Dhotre Ji, Union Minister of State for Ministry of Education and Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India to grace this august occasion as a Chief Guest. It was indeed a pleasure to listen a wonderful talk on Dark Matter by Prof. Rohini Godbole, IISc Bangalore, the recipient of the Padmashri, first woman to receive it for work in physics and more recently the honour ’Ordre National du Merite’ by the French Government. At this occasion, INYAS National Awards were also declared and conferred upon by the Hon’able Minister in the following three areas:
- A) Best Research in Natural Nanofibers with Societal Impact
- (Winner: Dr. Dimple Chauhan, IIT Guwahati)
- The Best PhD Thesis in the area of Carbon Materials
- (Winners: Dr. Mamidi Suresh, IIT HYDERABAD and Dr. Navneet C. Verma, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi)
- C) Excellence in Nano Innovation Award
- (Winner: Dr. Shivakalyani Adepu, IIT HYDERABAD).
Hon’able Minister also announced the awards for International Sci-Art Image competition 2021 which was organized by INYAS in association with National Young Academy of Bangladesh -NYAB and Thai Young Scientists Academy with the support form Carbon Laboratory IIT HYDERABAD. Further on the occasion, INYAS annual newsletter 2021 was released in 9 languages (English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Oria and Kashmiri). Speaking on the occasion, Sri Sanjay Dhotre Ji greeted all Indian scientists on the National Science Day and remembered Prof. CV Raman’s contribution to Science. He also thanked Indian Scientist’s role in tackling Pandemic under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He also said that a robust ecosystem of research is very much important to make India a leader in knowledge society of coming years and decades. He emphasized that S&T can address issues of access to clean drinking water, increased agricultural productivity, quality education, healthcare, improved transportation, better Air quality, Energy, and other sectors. Sri Sanjay Dhotre Ji added that NEP stresses upon bringing relevance of science in making humans capable of rational and creative thinking. He said Children are curious in nature, to nurture them we should channelize their energy for scientific thinking. He stressed that holistic education system encompassing multidisciplinary learning and experimental learnings is essential for national growth, and NEP envisages same in our education system. Career counselling in schools, promotion of research in universities, inclusion of research in UG level, creating an environment for research and innovation, are key features of NEP. Sri Sanjay Dhotrere Ji also talked about recently announced NRF by Govt. of India and expressed his confidence that NRF will enable a culture of research to pervade throughout our universities and will ensure equitable and peer reviewed research funding and urged the researchers to make best use of this opportunity to address the local issues in alignment with #Aatmnirbharbharat. He emphasized that PhD research should be converted into a product. Additionally, we should market our research to people at large to make our institution more visible. He said young scientists have a major role for comprehensive development and offer solutions for 1.3 billion citizens of country. INYAS awards is an encouraging step towards high end research for national aspect.
At last, Hon’able Minister said that science and technology must catch the attention of general public. He urged all young scientists to interact with school students, inculcate rational values in young kids. Scientist should write in local language. He accoladed INYAS efforts in this direction. Program was presided by Prof. Devang Khakhar, vice President, Indian National Science Academy.