REASI, Feb 14: The three-day World Congress on “Reproductive Health with emphasis on Reproductive Cancers, Infertility and Assisted Reproduction” began today at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra.
The congress is being organized by School of Biotechnology, SMVDU Katra in association with Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility (ISSRF). The inaugural session of the Congress which coincided with 30th annual meeting of the ISSRF, was held in Matrika Auditorium of SMVDU, Katra.
Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State (MoS) for Health & Family Welfare was the chief guest on the occasion. In his address, the Minister emphasized on the fact that health is an important asset of an individual and one must modify his/her lifestyle for its welfare and create awareness among common masses regarding various health issues. He elaborated on the various ventures initiated under the Ministry of Health at various districts of J&K viz. Jammu, Srinagar, Kathua and Reasi.
Earlier, Dr RS Sharma (secretary, ISSRF), in his welcome address, highlighted infertility issue among females and males due to modern lifestyle.
Guest of honour, Dr VP Kamboj (former Director CSIR- CDRI Lucknow) and Prof N K Lohia (president, ISSRF) elaborated initiatives taken up by ISSRF and their contribution in medical science.
Vice Chancellor Prof R K Sinha dwelled on the increase in incidence of cancer cases due to changes in the environment.
Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, Prof Manoj Dhar and CEO, Shri Mata Vashono Devi Shrine Board, Ramesh Kumar, also graced the occasion.
On behalf of ISSRF, Dr Sharda Potukuchi, Head of Department, School of Biotechnology, presented the notes on lifetime achievement awardees Dr RS Sharma (ICMR, New Delhi), Dr Jaideep Malhotra (Rainbow, IVF, Agra) and Prof (Dr) SMK Naqwi (CSWRI, Jaipur).
Dr Rakesh Thusoo, Coordinator ICMR-CAR, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology, SMVDU presented vote of thanks.