JAMMU, Feb 26: Sixth J&K Women Science Congress commenced today at Government P G College for Women (GCW) Gandhi Nagar in collaboration with Science Technology & Innovation Council, Department of Science and Technology, J&K, on the focal theme “Research & Women in Science, Technology & Mathematics – Representation, Challenges & Opportunities”.
In the inaugural session, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Advisor to Governor, was the chief guest whereas Prof Anju Bhasin, Vice Chancellor, Cluster University and chief patron of the Congress was the guest of honour. Prof Prajval Shastri, Senior Associate, ICTS Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai was a keynote speaker.
The programme began by lighting ceremonial lamp of knowledge and enlightenment. Prof Kaushal Smotra, Principal of the College and patron of Women Science Congress welcomed the guests. Dr Anupama Gupta, organizing secretary of the event discussed the basic objective of organizing the conference to stimulate the young aspirants to pursue carrier in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Prof Prajwal Shastri, in her key note address, encouraged women to break the stereotypes of gender to build a sound future in science. She gave an overview of “Growing Gaint Black Holes” which pay a key role in the evolution of galaxies like Milky Way.
Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, while addressing the audience, stressed upon the need of strengthening science subject in school and colleges and promoting girls to opt for these courses for bringing a significant change in society.
Prof Anju Bhasin persuaded women to unleash the mysteries of Universe based on logic and reasoning. Dr. Jatinder Khajuria, Registrar, Cluster University of Jammu also shared his views by adding that deliberations on different sub themes will attract women to abridge the gender bias.
Soon after the inaugural session, two technical sessions were held on the first day of 6th JK Women Science Congress.