National Science Day-2017 celebrated at USTM
Along with the whole nation, the Department of
Physics, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya has also celebrated the
National Science Day on 28th February, 2017 at the University campus. The day is
being celebrated in India on February 28 every year in commemoration of Nobel
Laureate Sir C. V. Raman’s landmark discovery of the Raman Effect on 28th
February, 1928, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics later in
1930. The focal theme of National Science Day-2017 was "Science and Technology
for Specially Abled Persons".
With the spirit of the celebration, a Science Model Competition, a Quiz
Competition, a Formal Meeting with three invited lectures were organized.
Department of Physics also released the first volume of annual science magazine
‘AXION’ by the distinguished guests. All the events were enthusiastically
participated by students from different colleges and Universities including
Gauhati University, Cotton College, Arya Vidyapeeth College, Pub Kamrup College
etc. along with students of USTM. Students from Schools have also participated
in Science Model competition.
The Science Model competition was inaugurated by Prof. Syed Iqbal Ali of Aligarh
Muslim University. The Chief Guest of NSD-2017, Dr. D K Srivastava, Raja Ramanna
Fellow and Former Director & Distinguished Scientist, Variable Energy Cyclotron
Centre, Kolkata and all the distinguished guests also observed the models
presented. The exhibition is judged by Prof. Anurup Gohain Barua, Professor and
former Head of the department of Physics, Gauhati University and Prof. Enamul
Karim, Dean, School of Applied Sciences, USTM. Nine groups in the
college/University level and nine groups in the school level have participated
in the science model competition. Moreover, 12 groups have taken part in the
Quiz competition, which was conducted by Quiz Master Mr. Sailen Baishya.
The formal meeting was inaugurated by Dr. R.K. Sarma, Hon’ble Pro-Vice
Chancellor, USTM. The Chief Guest, Dr. D. K. Srivastava has delivered a
brilliant speech entitled “Why should we do basic research” emphasizing the
importance of research in basic sciences for the development of human
civilization. The Guest of Honour, Prof. Kulendu Pathak, Former VC, Dibrugarh
University has delivered a wonderful talk on the importance of celebrating
National Science Day and generating ‘Scientific Temper’ among the common people.
The Guest of Honour, Prof. Syed Iqbal Ali expressed his views on the importance
of Science study and scientific thinking for the overall development of mankind.
Prof. Amarjyoti Choudhury, C. V. Raman Chair Professor of Applied Sciences, USTM
also delivered a very insightful talk on the great discovery of Sir C. V. Raman,
the ‘Raman Effect’ and its applications. The programme was ended with the prize
distribution followed by vote of thanks. Finally a tree plantation programme has
undertaken after the formal session.