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National Science Day celebrations at CSIR-IIIM

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 29: The CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) hosted National Science Day celebrations, commemorating the birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Sir C. V. Raman.
The event brought together eminent scientists, academicians, innovators, startups, researchers and students to foster a spirit of scientific inquiry and innovation. During the event over 350 students from various academic institutions in the region participated.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State with independent charge Science & Technology and vice president CSIR, in a special video message, appreciated the Director, CSIR-IIIM and his team for organizing a vibrant open day on the occasion of National Science Day 2024. The Union Minister is his address said that this is the best time for science and scientists, where young innovators are getting suitable opportunities due to the supportive policies of the current Government. This has led to an increase in the number of startups from 350-400 about a decade ago to more than 1.5 Lakh startups in the present time. The number of Agri Startups has grown significantly, especially in this region, which motivated youngsters to setup their own enterprises rather than remain dependent on Government jobs.
Dr. Zabeer Ahmed, Director, CSIR-IIIM, J&K while addressing the audience underscored the significance of cultivating a scientific mindset. He delved into the illustrious history of CSIR-IIIM and shed light on the institute’s cutting-edge research endeavor, societal programs as well as startup incubators, which have provided fertile ground to young startups through scientific support and incubation assistance. Dr. Ahmed also recounted the inspiring story behind National Science Day, commemorating the revolutionary discovery of the Raman Effect by the eminent Indian physicist, Dr. Ahmed emphasized how Dr. Raman’s work epitomized the transformative potential of the scientific approach, characterized by curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and evidence-based reasoning.
Encouraging the audience to embrace this mindset, he highlighted the institute’s role in challenging assumptions, fostering innovation, and driving societal progress. “Nowadays, Science is not a subject but it is way of thinking” said Dr. Ahmed.
The students from various institutions from Jammu city including Government Girls High School, Gandhinagar, RRL High School, Govt. College for Women, Parade Ground, Central University of Jammu, and Jammu Institute of Ayurveda & Research visited the Institute and explored CSIR-IIIM’s laboratories and engaged directly with scientists and research scholars. Another standout feature of the event was the lecture titled “Modern Drug Discovery: A Rational Approach,” delivered by Dr. Naveed Qazi, Head of the Natural Product and Medicinal Chemistry Division.
The program was organized under the patronage and supervision of Dr. Zabeer Ahmed, Director, CSIR-IIIM, with assistance from Er Abdul Rahim, Head, RMBD&IST and other Heads of Divisions.