Saturday, 26 January 2008

Luminaries to foster science environment in the state

Luminaries to foster science environment in the state


Bihar Science Conference to be held in March

Patna. Come March and Bihar will be buzzing with scientific activities. Dynamic minds of contemporary science world of the country will congregate here to foster scientific temperament in the state during the three-day Bihar Science Conference beginning on March 18.

According to former vice-chancellor of Patna University and well-known astrophysicist Dr Jagnnath Thakur, the conference will explore possibilities of research and development through discussion, interpretation of data and evaluation of existing information.

For last few months the state capital has been witnessing a spurt in academic activities. The conference will be held at Patna University under the aegis of the Bihar Brain Scholastic Centre.

It was decided in a meeting that Bihar Science Congress will be held every year on the lines of Indian Science Congress. The convener of the conference and former head of the department of Physics of Patna Science College, Dr.S.P.Verma said that many renowned scientists from India and abroad had given their consent to participate in the conference.

Giving details, Dr Verma informed that experts like scientific advisor to the Prime Minister and vice-chancellor of Hyderabad University, Dr. S. E. Hasnain, Head of Psychophysics, Max Planck Brain Research Institute of Germany, Dr. (Prof) Ruxandra Sireteanu, Dept of Engineering Sciences of Oxford University, Dr. Bhaskar Choubey, Colorado State University of USA, Dr. Ajay Jha, VC of Sikkim Manipal University, Dr. Jay Kumar and Prof Raman Jha, Head of Physics department of Sikkim Manipal University.

Dr. Hasnain, who is also a patron of the organising committee, said, "I am very happy to know that the state is gearing up for holding its first Bihar Science Conference which will bring scientists, academicians from India and abroad on a common platform for exchanging ideas on the subjects of science and technology."

The organising committee has also decided to extend invitation to Dr. R. K. Pachauri, former President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abul Kalam, former head of ISRO, Prof C.N.R. Rao, renowned astrophysicist and former chairman UGC, Prof Yashpal and heads of CSIR and INSA including secretary of Department of Science & Technology of government of India.

The conference will also have oral and poster presentation which would cover all areas of Physical science, Chemical science, Biological science, Earth science, Electronics and Information Technology. The best presentation in both the sections would be awarded.

Bibhuti Bikramaditya, chairman of BiharBrains, opined that BBrains Development Society commonly known as BiharBrains had given a platform to all educated people of Bihar and would now make an effort to bring science and technology environment in the state on the track. He also said that organising Bihar Science Conference was one such initiative being taken up by BiharBrains.

The names of the patrons of the conference were also shared in the meeting. Those who accepted to become patrons are state minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Anil Kumar, scientific advisor to the Prime Minister of India and vice-chancellor of Hyderabad University, Dr. S. E. Hasnain, renowned scientist and former head of Chemistry Department of Patna University, Prof J. N. Chatterjee and Global Chairman of BiharBrains, Bibhuti Bikramaditya .

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