RGU symposium on chemical edn & self-reliance

RONO HILLS, 24 Jun: More than 70 master’s and research students of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), the NERIST and the CSIR-NEIST’s Itanagar branch lab participated in a symposium themed ‘Chemical education in self-reliance: A global perspective’, here on Thursday.

The programme, which was organised by RGU’s chemistry department in collaboration with Jorhat (Assam)-based CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (CSIR-NEIST) and London-based Royal Society of Chemistry, was aimed at “raising awareness among the master’s and research students of various institutes of Arunachal Pradesh towards self-reliance in chemical education from a global perspective,” the university informed in a release.

Addressing the inaugural session, RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha encouraged the participants to “take up the challenge to put Arunachal Pradesh on the global map for chemical education.”

He also urged the participants 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.”

RGU Pro-VC Prof Amitava Mitra emphasised that the state needs to focus on science education for self-reliance.

Prof T Govindaraju from Bengaluru-based Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research delivered a lecture on molecular theranostics, while RGU Chemistry HoD Dr Rajesh Chakrabarty highlighted the steps taken by RGU for promotion of chemical education in Arunachal.

Eminent researchers and young scientists from RGU, the NERIST and the CSIR-NEIST branch lab 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.