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JAMMU:  The First International Conference on “Recent Advances in Interdisciplinary Sciences"' organized by the Department of Electronics during January 11-12, 2019,   today got underway in the University of Jammu. The inaugural function is held in the Brig. Rajinder Singh auditorium of the university of Jammu.  On this occasion, Prof. V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT-Delhi, India was the Chief Guest of this conference whereas  Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, USA; Prof. Vijay K. Arora, Wilkes University, USA & IEEE-EDS Distinguished Lecturer, USA; Prof. Ravi Silva-Director, Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and Head of Nano Electronics Centre, The University of Surrey, UK were the special guest of honours.

The function was presided over by the Prof. Manoj K Dhar, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu and Patron of this conference. The function started with Felicitation of the invited Guests followed by the Lightening of Lamp and  Saraswati Vandana by the students of the Music and fine arts department, University of Jammu.  Earlier in his welcome address Prof. Rakesh Vaid, Convener of the conference & HOD of the Electronics department threw light on the theme of the conference. He said " A sustainable world can be built by
breaking through disciplinary boundaries, developing integrated scientific approach and interdisciplinary cooperation.

Applied science and basic science are just as important for sustainable development and should not be competed with one another. The development of basic science requires a productive environment. Therefore, long-term national, regional and international investments are needed to advance fundamental knowledge. To tackle society’s challenges through research requires the engagement of multiple disciplines.

To solve the grand challenges facing society — energy, water, climate, food, health — scientists and social scientists must work together. Prof. V Ramgopal Rao, Director IIT Delhi and Chief guest of the conference said that India's contribution to the world's R&D and Intellectual Property is steadily increasing. In certain specialized areas such as Nanotechnology, India is among the top 3 countries in the world in terms of research publications and patent filings. 

Despite the low percentage of GDP spending for R&D in India, Indian researchers have excelled in research output, when measured in terms of the number of research publications. Though these are excellent achievements, the situation is entirely different when one looks at the innovation or the product development potential in the country. For example, India ranks very poorly on the Global Innovation Index (GII), and the research undertaken by Indian academic institutions, whether public or private, has hardly resulted in any major technological breakthrough of significant commercial value.

Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, Chief Scientist, NASA) Ames Research Center USA said that Complex modern problems such as climate change and resource security are not amenable to single-discipline investigation; they often require many types of expertise across the biological, physical and social disciplines. Prof. Manoj K Dhar, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu in his presidential address congratulated the organizers and appreciated the efforts made by the Department of Electronics. In his address he said discoveries are said to be more likely on the boundaries between fields, where the latest techniques, perspectives and insights can reorient or increase knowledge.

Prof. Vijay K Arora and Prof Ravi K Silva also spoke on this occasion. This Two–Day International Conference on Recent Advances in Interdisciplinary Sciences  over 500 participants from within the country and from other countries, from various universities, R & D Institutions are taking part.  This conference will discuss following key areas in the next two days:Nanoscience and nanotechnology; nano-energy & nano-biosensors,  Smart materials and characterization techniques, Modern approaches in biotechnology and bioinformatics, Chemical Sciences including novel techniques for drug designing and delivery Systems, Applications in mathematics & information and communication technology, an interdisciplinary trend in life sciences, biosciences, bioinformatics & biotechnology.

This scientific meeting is expected to encourage a critical and conducive academic atmosphere and develop a culture of reporting research results in the form of scientific articles. This event would also encourage scientists to share their ideas and experiences, update with current developments and encourage the collaboration between researchers or institutions that can improve quality and quantity of the research results.  We welcome researchers, lecturers, graduate students to participate in the events.

In this conference there will be 04 plenary talks, 20 Invited talks, about 80 oral talks and over 300 poster presentations from various universities, colleges and research institutes of state,  from other states of the country and abroad.  The inagural function was attended by over 400 participants which includes Prof. R. K. Ganjoo, Director CDC and Coordinator DST PURSE Phase-II, Prof. P VKS Baba, HOD Physics Dept, Prof P K Srivastava, HOD, Geology Dept. Prof. Parveen K. Lehana, Prof. Susheel Sharma, Co-Conveners; Dr. Rockey Gupta -Org. Secretary; Dr. Rakesh Prasher-Co- Org. Secretary, Dr. Devi Dass  among others.