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International Conference on “Research For Resurgence” Resolves to revamp research in Academics’


स्रोत: International Conference on “Research For Resurgence” Resolves to revamp research in Academics’

Over 700 scholars from Bharat and abroad deliberated how to sublimate research for national regeneration making it socially relevant, environmentally eco-friendly and technically and economically sustainable

Days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Benaras Hindu University (BHU) opened his heart about the necessity of original innovations and ideas and not just the research of ‘cut and paste’ nature to obtain only degree for jobs, scholars from different streams of science, humanities and literature, planners, decision-makers, policy and framers gathered in Nagpur to deliberate on this very theme and its application for bettering the human life. The three-day conference, Research for Resurgence, organised by Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal (BSM) at VNIT Nagpur resolved ‘to take the benefits of research to the last man standing in the row. A total of 728 scholars from Bharat and 9 other countries participated in the conference. 68 Universities from 15 States including 17 central institutes were represented. 24 Industrial houses and organizations including TATASONS, CEAT, RPG, MIDC, MADC, FICII, CII also participated. The conference was graced by the attendance of 55 Vice chancellors and heads of National Educational bodies such as NAAC, AICTE, NCTE etc. The main objective was to explore and imbibe the ‘Bharatiya perspective’ towards life when the whole world is still revolving round the ideas like ‘holistic and sustainable’ development.

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Inaugurating the conference, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani rightly criticised those who always denounce the Bharatiya research. “We must celebrate Bharatiya contribution to science and mathematics” she said appealing to the audience to consider contributions not only from the Silicon Valley but also from Damodar Valley to the field of science and technology.

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Noted educationist Prof Aniruddh Deshpande said the research was very important component of education. Quest for excellence and inquisitiveness has been the academic tradition of Bharat but it seems to have disappeared due to overdose of materialism today. Stating that Bharatiya talent is still alive, we need to promote research that is good for the society. He appealed to the scholars to do research for social uplift and for this they should be ready to break the slavery of the formal system, he added. The resurgence in the research is needed to explore the ultimate goal of human life, he said adding that we must adapt and adopt the changes in technology and science for the betterment of human life.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis said his government would set up a Model Laboratory at least in each district so that the students get an opportunity to dwell into various aspects of research since their school days. This model lab will be on the lines of the one made by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai, he said adding that he wanted to make Maharashtra a innovation State and extend full support to the research activities for human wellbeing.

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The participants were divided into four groups for discussion viz. ‘Udyam’, ‘Sthapati’, ‘Manas’ and ‘Naipunya’. The first group ‘Udyam’ was comprised of those from industry and academia including 30 CEOs and equal number of Vice-Chancellors. They discussed the ways to draw a roadmap for industry-academia interface. Rajiv Modi, CMD of Cadila Pharmaceuticals, R Gopalkrishnan, former director of Tata Sons, SP Bansal VC of Maharaja Agrasen University and Yogesh Singh VC of Delhi Technological University were the panelists.  Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti, inaugurated the symposium. Shalini Sharma from CII was the moderator for the session.

The second group was of architects called ‘Sthapati’ which witnessed presentations from some of the best participating architects, Nimish Patel from Ahmedabad, Chitra Vishwanathan from Bangaluru, Anil Laul from Delhi being prominent amongst them. ‘Manas’ group devoted their time and energy to discuss issues related to psychology. Anand Paranjape from Canada was the chief orator amongst the psychologists who had gathered for in-depth thinking.

‘Naipunya’ was the fourth group that included young researchers. This group was more interested in honing and sharpening the skills of the upcoming researchers. Shri Narendra Karmakar who worked with NASA for supercomputer design also spoke.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar stressed on using research to know the secrets of nature but lamented “our education system is killing the research instinct” among the students. Noted water expert Madhav Chitale called for comprehensive research that would include Water, Environment, Habitation, Agriculture and Biodiversity (WEHAB). AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe dwelt on developing analytical mind for fundamental and applied research.

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Noted economist S Gurumurthy said prejudiced mindset of the intellectuals about Bharat and everything that is Bharateeya proved fatal for innovations. “Our students have immense potential, however, many educational institutions do not have enough means for research. That’s why the country lags on research and innovation,” said noted space scientist and former Chief of ISRO Madhavan Nair. Head of Physics Department at BARC Dr BN Jagtap stressed to remove the ‘disconnect’ between science and society.

IMG_2167 (1)Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari stressed the need to have all-encompassing vision in research to make it more useful for the people and solving their problems. Niti Aayog Member Dr VK Saraswat said the country needs nano, bio researches that would contribute to all round development of the country. VNIT Chairman Vishram Jamdar, Dr Arvind Joshi, Dr Vaman Gogate, Vinayak Kanitkar, Mukul Kanitkar, Principal GN Hadap, Prof BK Kuthiala, and other scholars were also present on the occasion. There was a ‘brainstorming’ session on the framework for research emerged out of the deliberations in the conference. With minor modifications it was decided to set up a Research for Resurgence foundation at Nagpur. The conference was co-sponsored by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Visveswaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV), Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University (KKSU), Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University (SGBAU) and Gondwana Univeristy, Gadchiroli (GUG).

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6 टिप्पणियाँ »

  1. “By allowing FDI in food products, the government has opened up the multi-brand retail sector in the country. This is contrary to the promise made in the manifesto. The BJP came to power with this promise to protect the interest of small retailers. Now they are taking steps to please foreign investors”.

    BJP leaders had earlier opposed FDI in retail.

    टिप्पणी द्वारा SJM | जून 22, 2016 | प्रतिक्रिया

  2. bharat mata ke laal ko prnaam.

    टिप्पणी द्वारा नरेंद्र बोहरा | जून 22, 2016 | प्रतिक्रिया

  3. Pink Boom: India’s buffalo meat exports at current rates could impact domestic milk availability, says a report by the US Department of Agriculture

    टिप्पणी द्वारा SJM | जुलाई 26, 2016 | प्रतिक्रिया

  4. Impose export (and import) duties on meat. Stop hypocrisy

    India exported meat worth $568 million in April-May

    टिप्पणी द्वारा SJM | अगस्त 8, 2016 | प्रतिक्रिया

  5. Govt for MNCs, by MNCs

    The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch has demanded that the Central govt withdraw the proposed hike in FDI limit in the retail sector to protect employment and publish a white paper on the benefits of foreign investments in the country.

    SJM expressed its anguish about relaxing norms related to FDI and raising its limit in various sector, particularly food processing and marketing of agricultural produce, agriculture, animal husbandry, Defence, security services, and brownfield Pharma.

    By allowing 100 per cent FDI in brownfield Pharma, the govt has actually allowed MNCs to devour Indian companies.

    टिप्पणी द्वारा SJM | अगस्त 10, 2016 | प्रतिक्रिया

  6. A PIL was today filed in the Bombay High Court challenging Maharashtra government’s decision to waive off entertainment duty for the upcoming Coldplay concert.

    Activists Anjali Damani and Hemant Gawande, who recently had pursued the MIDC land issue against former minister Ekanath Khadse, have filed a public interest litigation against the move.

    The petition has challenged the government’s decision to waive off entertainment duty for the concert and also the Mumbai metropolitan region development authority (MMRDA) decision to grant 75 per cent concession on rentals, which amounts to almost Rs 7 crores. The petitioners state that there is no clarity with reference to how will this benefit citizens of Maharashtra.

    The petitioners have alleged that Only Much Louder (OML), which is an event organiser, has conducted several events under the guise of promoting cultural exchange, tourism and to bring economic boom.

    “This is only an eyewash to seek benefits from the government. None of the events held by OML can be anywhere close to Indian culture and modesty. The events in the past are Bacardi NH7 Weekender held in Shillong, and at Koregaon Park Pune were extravagant events, where there were direct tie-ups with alcohol manufacturing companies.”

    टिप्पणी द्वारा Tax concessions for Alcohol and Tobacco | नवम्बर 17, 2016 | प्रतिक्रिया


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