National Science Day Celebrated
Indo Burma biodiversity hotspot ranks 6th among 34 other biodiversity hotspots
in the world - Dr. N.C. Talukdar, Director, IASST
The National Science Day
was jointly organized by University of Science and Technology Meghalaya and
Regional Institute of Science and Technology on 28th February 2014. The Chief
Guest of the Seminar was Dr. N.C. Talukdar, Director, Institute of Advanced
Studies of Science and Technology, Guwahati. The theme of the Seminar was
“Fostering Scientific Temper”.
Dr. R. K. Sharma gave the welcome
address of the event where he said that “Science Day has been observed to spread
the message of science, its application and its contribution towards humanity”.
The Chief guest Dr. N. C.
Talukdar gave a speech on the occasion saying that, “Science requires one to
have passion, followed by patience and perseverance”. He also added that “There
has been an upsurge in the scientific arena in the metros. Britishers’ have made
a major contribution to scientific development in the mainland India.” He
further said that “Science has an empirical base supplemented with facts based
The Chief Guest also gave a
presentation on the topic “Traditional knowledge based Science for North East
Indian Part of Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspots”, in the presence of all the
faculty members and students of University of Science and Technology Meghalaya
and Regional Institute of Science and Technology. In his presentation he
highlighted the various biodiversity hotspots of the world, the rank of Indo
Burma biodiversity hotspot among the other biodiversity hotspots in the world.
He then went on to say that the Indo Burma biodiversity hotspot is the origin
centre of Citrus, Zingiberacce and Banana. Later he also stressed on the
alarming rate of increase in the endemic species of Indo Burma region, tagging
it as an environment emergency room that ranks 6th in the world. He winded up
the presentation saying that North East should focus on establishing an
Institute that offers study and application of Jhum farming and cultivation with
the abundance of greenery in the North east region.
Dr. P. K. Abdul Azis, Vice
Chancellor, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya remarked on the
occasion by saying that “Science has become all pervasive to be enjoyed and
applied by an ordinary man”. He added that “All that we see around us is
science, transforming our lives at a high speed”.
Dr. R. K. Sharma addressed the
event saying “Science Day has been observed to spread the message of science,
its application and its contribution towards humanity”. Dr. Dinesh Baishya, Dean
,School of Media and Cultural studies also gave a speech on the occasion. He
quoted “A person working in a scientific laboratory should posses a full
National Science Day is
celebrated all over India on 28th of February every year in order to commemorate
the invention of the Raman Effect in India by the Indian physicist, Sir
Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on the same day in the year 1928. For his great
success in the field of science in India, Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was
awarded and honored with the Nobel Prize in the Physics in the year 1930.