Government Keen to Promote Scientific Research : Minister

By SOA University   |   Friday, 05 December, 2014
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Bhubaneswar : The Odisha government has been encouraging promotion of science and scientific research while endeavoring to make  education  relevant to the market needs and economic demands, minister for food supplies and consumer welfare, technical education and training, Mr. Sanjay Das Burma said on Friday.

Education must be made relevant to the present needs without compromising on its ethical and moral values,” he said while inaugurating the national seminar on ‘Science and Technology for Human Development’ organized to mark the two-day 17th Odisha Bigyan Congress at the SOA University here on Friday.

Mr. Das Burma said the state government had formulated a policy for mopping up resources for expenditure in the field of science and technology. The government had established a technical university while ensuring the setting up of the IIT, NISER and IIM in the state, he said.

The Odisha Bigyan Congress has been organized jointly by the SOA University and Bhubaneswar chapter of Indian Science Congress Association in collaboration with Orissa Environmental Society.

Prof. Trilochan Pradhan, former Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University, Prof. Omkar Nath Mohanty, former Vice-Chancellor of BPUT and Dr. S.N.Patro, President of Orissa Environmental Society addressed the inaugural session which was presided over by Prof. D.K.Roy, Vice-Chancellor of SOA University. Around 400 scientists are attending the event.

Prof. Pradhan, while praising SOA University for the rapid strides it was making towards becoming a front-ranking educational institution, made specific reference to its faculty of engineering, Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), for earning a good name for its academic culture and placement.

Referring to cutting edge research in the fields of energy, he said that a day would come when people would not have to pay their energy bills.

Prof. Mohanty underscored the need for documenting the losses incurred because of disasters and natural calamities scientifically. Existing barriers in scientific research should be removed by encouraging inter-disciplinary research, he said.

Six eminent scientists: Prof. Bhaskar Das (Chemistry), Prof. Bhabendra Kumar Patnaik (Zoology) Prof. Chandrasekhar Sarangi (Botany), Prof. Gokulananda Das (Mathematics), Prof. Sadananda Tarasia (Physics) and Dr. S.N.Patro (Environmental Science) were felicitated on the occasion.
 
Dr. J.K.Panigrahi, Convenor of the Bhubaneswar chapter of Indian Science Congress Association and Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Nayak, Joint Convenor of the conference also spoke.
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