Bid to put State on global map for chemical education

RONO HILLS, Jun 24: The department of Chemistry, Rajiv Gandhi University in association with CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (CSIR-NEIST), Jorhat and Royal Society of Chemistry, London conducted the first edition of the Symposium on ‘Chemical Education in Self Reliance: A Global Perspective’ on Thursday.

The objective of the symposium was to raise awareness amongst the masters and research students of various institutes of Arunachal Pradesh towards self-reliance in chemical education from a global perspective.

More than 70 masters and research students from RGU, NERIST and CSIR-NEIST branch lab Itanagar participated in the event.

RGU vice chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha, in a message, encouraged the participants to take up the challenge to put Arunachal Pradesh on the global map for chemical education. He also urged them to work with a view to establishing a long-term and sustainable goal for achieving quality and excellence in chemical education and innovation in research in India.

Prof Amitava Mitra, Pro-VC RGU, the chief guest, in his address, emphasized that the State needs to focus on science education for self-reliance.

Prof T Govindaraju, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru, delivered the plenary lecture on molecular theranostics.

Dr Rajesh Chakrabarty, head, department of Chemistry (RGU), highlighted the steps taken by the university for promotion of chemical education in the State.

Eminent researchers and young scientists from RGU, NERIST and CSIR-NEIST branch lab also delivered lectures.

Young research scholars- Nirankush Borah (CSIR-NEIST), Amar Jyoti Bhuyan (RGU) and Jinku Borah (RGU) received the best oral presenters’ prize in the symposium.  

The symposium concluded with a valedictory program where Dr Rajesh Parishwad, head, Public Policy, Engagement & Government Relations - India & South Asia, Royal Society of Chemistry, elaborated on the way forward to achieve excellence in chemical education in Northeast India. Dr Swapnali Hazarika from CSIR-NEIST also spoke on the occasion.