JAMMU, Jan 11: Two-day international conference on “Recent Advances in Interdisciplinary Sciences”, organized by the Department of Electronics, Jammu University, began here today.
During the inaugural function, Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director IIT-Delhi, was the chief guest 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 guests of honour. The function was presided over by Prof Manoj K Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, JU.
Prof V Ramgopal Rao, in his address, said that India’s contribution to the world’s R&D and Intellectual Property is steadily increasing and despite the low percentage of GDP spending for R&D in India, the Indian researchers have excelled in research output, when measured in terms of the number of research publications.
“However, the situation is entirely different when one looks at the innovation or the product development potential in the country. 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,” he regretted.
Dr Meyya Meyyappan 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, in his presidential address, stated that 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.
Earlier, Prof Rakesh Vaid, Convener of the conference & HOD of the Electronics, threw light on the theme of the conference.
Over 500 participants from various universities, R & D Institutions across the world are taking part in the conference, which will discuss 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.