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October 13, 2009

CSIR foundation day celebrated

JORHAT, Oct 13: Assam University Pro Vice Chancellor professor GD Sharma, while delivering the foundation day lecture of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at the North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) here yesterday, stressed on scientists preparing themselves to compete and become a part of the global scientific community.

“The scientific community needs to develop professionalism that is the ability or the capacity to continuously work without supervision and to complete the task assigned or taken up by oneself,” Sharma said. He also pointed out that though India had the second largest pool of scientists but compared to the nation’s population it was insignificant. “Instead of one scientist per 100 people, which is the requirement of the day, at present we have one scientist per 1,000 people,” he added.

Professor Sharma said that Northeast was unique, significant and held a strategic position in our nation from the point of security.

Referring to NEIST, he said that the institute had played a major role in the socio-economic development of the hilly states of Northeast, especially in the last five years. “NEIST is the only organization which has been identified by the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi to take 60 undergraduate colleges under its wing and oversee their development with the aim to develop scientific human resources, Sharma said.

Concluding his address, he said that 54 per cent of the Indian population was young and that all that was needed was to create an environment and thinking to innovate and develop need-based technology for society’s benefit which could be achieved by pooling resources and through multi-institutional collaboration. NEIST director Dr PG Rao in his address thanked prof Sharma for showing NEIST scientists the right direction for future research. He said that CSIR was a premier organization which had made significant contributions in various fields like baby food, drug development, transport, aircraft development etc., working behind the scene for long while other organizations had stolen the limelight through wide publicity. Rao also stressed on pooling strength, focussed research and taking up of mega projects.

The North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) at Jorhat celebrated CSIR Foundation Day at its premises on October 12 with a well chalked out programme. Though every year CSIR Foundation Day is celebrated on September 26 this year due to puja holidays it was postponed. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is a premier research organization of the country with over 37 state-of-the-art institutes under its control carrying out various scientific and industrial research and NEIST being one of them.

The function began with a welcome address by Dr PC Neog, scientist, NEIST, who said that CSIR, a centre of excellence in research, was one of the world’s largest public-funded organizations with strong global academic and research linkages. At the function, retired colleagues were felicitated with mementos and CSIR sanman patras. The staff who had recently completed 25 years of service in the council were also presented with token gifts. The winners of various competitions held on the occasion like on-the-spot speech and essay competitions were also awarded.

On this occasion, some publications of CSIR-NEIST were also released by professor Sharma and Dr Rao. The publications included Hindi version of the NEIST News, a bimonthly newsletter of the institute, and a brochure highlighting the activities and achievements of the institute published for the first time. Other publication included English and Asomiya versions of a brochure entitled Hazards-Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Awareness. Students who excelled in both studies (securing over 90 per cent in all three science subjects and sports) were also honoured and awarded cash prizes.

The function was attended by eminent scientists, invited dignitaries, students and teachers of nearby schools, colleges and universities, general public, members of NEIST fraternity, members of the media. The vote of thanks was offered by NEIST scientist Dr L Nath. THE SENTINEL

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