Women equipped with scientific and technological acumen can go a long way in bringing overall development of the region and the nation at large
The 7th edition of the Women science congress was formally inaugurated at the Centenary Hall of Manipur University, which is currently hosting the 105th Indian Science Congress. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was the chief guest and the event was presided over by Ashok Saxena, former general president of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA).
Speaking on the occasion, West Bengal Governor Tripathi said that women have overcome traditional mindsets and have excelled in professions. Stating that the women equipped with scientific and technological acumen can go a long way in bringing overall development of the region and the nation at large, Governor said he is confident that the 7th Women Science Congress will act as a path-breaking initiative taken up by the ISCA to empower women and bring about sustainable and inclusive development. He also lauded the contribution of Manipuri women in the development of the state and maintaining peace and harmony. “In fact, all the local and traditional markets are run by women,” the governor adds.
On the other hand, ruing the fact that there are only four women general presidents in 105 years of the ISCA, Ashok Saxena urges more women scientists to embrace science as a career and also as the proper approach in running household or an organisation.
Vijay Laxmi Saxena, former general secretary ISCA says women empowerment is important for the country’s development. VC of Manipur University Pandey and Namita Gupta of Ministry of Science and Technology also spoke on the occasion.
In the day’s first scientific session, three experts—Prof Sadhana Singh of D.G. PG College Kanpur, Prof Chandrawati Jee (Retd) of AN College Patna, Dr Vidyapatni, head of botany, Maharaja College Rajasthan University—will make presentations on different topics and the session will be chaired by Prof Asha Gupta of Life science department of Manipur University.
In the second session, Dr Archana Verma of National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Dr Hemlata J Wankhede of Institute of Science PG and Research Aurangabad, Dr Anukriti Verma of Christian Medical College Ludhiana and Prof Asha Gupta of Life Science department of Manipur University will also share their presentations. Prof Manjushree Majumdar, Department of Pure Mathematics, Calcutta University will chair the last session of the day.
The focal theme for 2018 Science Congress is "Reaching the Unreached through Science and Technology". During the five-day programme, the focus will be on various scientific disciplines and how they can connect with the society.
On Saturday, children’s science congress, first of its kind in the ISC, was inaugurated on March 17. In addition, there will be a Science Communicators’ Meet on March 19. Young Scientists Awards will also be conferred during the event. A technology based start-up conclave will showcase works of top innovators and entrepreneurial researchers.
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