11th Chandigarh Science Congress (CHASCON-2017) concludes


Chandigarh, March 11, 2017: 11th Chandigarh Science Congress (CHASCON-2017) concluded today on March 11, 2017. Morning session was chaired by Dr.AK.Ganguly, Director, Institute of Nano Science and Technology and Dr.Sat Dev Batish, Chief Director, Athena Diagnostics, USA. Dr.Ganguly introduced the first speaker, Prof.Partha Sarthi Mukherjee, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Department, IISc, Bangalore. His talk’s title was “Molecular Flasks”, focusing on the question that how constrained flasks can facilitate chemical reactions. Prof.Vidita Ashok Vaidya, Deptt. Of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai spoke on “Norepinephrine and thyroid hormone”, focusing on their impact on neurogenesis. Both the distinguished speakers, held the interest of the audience through their talk using attractive animations and informative research results till date.
Next session was chaired by Dr. Manjit Singh, Director, TBRL, Chandigarh, India and Dr. Renu Vij, Dean Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh. First speaker of the session was Prof. Naveen Garg, Deptt. of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Delhi, India. Prof. Garg’s talk was titled “Online Scheduling”. He reflected the problem of online scheduling by mapping it on one of the common real life problems, pointing to the research gap of absence of an exact solution for the same kind of problems till date. Prof. P. V. Madhusudhan Rao, Mehra Chair Professor & Coordinator Innovation Center, Head, IDDC & Central Workshop, IIT Delhi, India gave a talk titled “Science and Innovation: Bridging the Gap between Knowledge Creation and Knowledge Application”. Focusing on the theme of Congress, Prof. Madhusudhan explained various issues of concern in the domains of research and innovation, which can be technical as well as social. He also displayed a solution prototype build for blind people to help them detect objects while walking, highlighting the fact that innovations must be applicable, practical and workable.
Dr. D.V.S. Jain, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh, chaired the next session wherein “Hari Ram Arora Medal” awardee, Prof. Rohit Kumar Sharma, Deptt. of Chemistry, Panjab University spoke on “Peptide based Materials for Applications in Self Assembly, Drug Delivery, Biosensing”. “Bhajan Kaur Arora Medal” awardee, Dr. Simranpreet, Deptt. of Biophysics, Punjab University, Chandigarh spoke on “Potential of antimicrobial peptides as novel anticancer agents”. Lastly, a Central Quiz was conducted, students form various scientific sections took part in the same.
Valedictory session was opened with the introductory remarks by Prof. Sukhwinder Singh, Organizing Secretary, CHASCON 2017. He gave a brief report of the three-day Congress. Congress’s Valedictory talk was given by Dr. Jatinder V Yakhmi, DAE-Raja Ramanna Fellow and Former Associate Director, BARC, and Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Education Society (DAE), Mumbai, India, titled, “Science drives innovations, which influence jobs”. Dr. Yakhmi raised a very important thought to be noted that more powerful technology becomes in our society, the more important it becomes to understand its applications and its potential.
Congress also aims to celebrate the outstanding achievement and excellence in Learning Technology by budding researchers through appreciation awards. Prizes were distributed for the winners of Oral/Poster presentations and central quiz. Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, congratulated the organizers on successful completion of the three-day Congress. 11th Chandigarh Science Congress (CHASCON-2017) was closed with the vote of thanks by Prof. Indupal Kaur, Co-organizing secretary, CHASCON 2017. The year’s Congress has made a major contribution to enhancing understanding of the strategic and operational level steps necessary to come to grips with the processes to combat emerging threats, challenges and vulnerabilities. The Congress was successful in radiating the significance of its theme and the research directions for the same.

Saturday, March 11, 2017