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April 8, 2009

National seminar discusses advances in chemical sciences

Our Bureau
DIBRUGARH, April 8 – An ONGC and UGC sponsored national seminar on “Recent Advances in Chemical Sciences” was held on March 26 and 27 at the Dibrugarh University. The event was inaugurated by Dipak Kumar Chakraborty, professor-emeritus of IIT, Bombay.

In her welcome address, the organising secretary, Jyotirekha G Handique said the seminar will provide a common platform for exchange of ideas for promotion of inter-disciplinary research. Handique is a reader in the department of chemistry at the Dibrugarh University.

Highlighting the challenges that chemistry is facing in recent times, S K Bhattacharjee of the Gauhati University spoke of measures to be taken to meet these challenges in his keynote lecture entitled “Disturbing trends in chemistry”. The others who read their papers on the occasion were S Sarkar from IIT Kanpur, D K Chakraborty from IIT Bombay, J B Baruah and A Chattopadhyaya from IIT Guwahati, R C Baruah and D K Dutta from the NE Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat (formerly, RRL) and P Das from the Dibrugarh University.

The organisers said about 200 participants from different parts of the country attended the seminar, and that seventy research papers were presented. Dhrubajyoti Mahanta of the Dibrugarh University and Mayurima Borthakur of NEIST Jorhat jointly won an award for the the best oral presentation. The best poster presentation award went to Juthika Sonowal of the host varsity.

S K Baruah, chairman of the organising committee (he is also head of the department of chemistry, Dibrugarh University) offered the vote of thanks at the valedictory function. He expressed his hope that the Dibrugarh University would host more such events in future.

As a part of the seminar, a cultural function was held in the evening of March 26, where local artistes like Dolly Das and Santana Baruah regaled the audience with their songs. ASSAM TRIBUNE

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