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altJehlum Post News|Srinagar| April 13, 2014| Maintaining that convergence among multiple technological and scientific disciplines, coupled with making sustainable systems would define the “knowledge society” of the 21st century, the former President of India and Bharat Ratna, APJ Abdul Kalam inaugurated the four day International Conference on ‘Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease Processes’ organized by Department of Biotechnology

University of Kashmir which started on Sunday. Addressing the delegates, faculty members, students and scholars on the inaugural day of the conference Kalam who was chief guest on the occasion said that that he has seen and witnessed how two different sciences are shaping each other without any iron curtain between the technologists adding that this reciprocating contribution of sciences to one another is going to shape our future and industry needs to be ready for it. Referring to the emerging trend of the introduction of “ecology” in scientific and technological innovations Kalam said “Globally, the demand is shifting toward development of sustainable systems which are technologically superior. This is the new dimension of the 21st century knowledge society, where science, technology and environment will have to go together. Thus, the new age model would be a four dimensional bio-nano-info-eco-based one.”
He added that while information and communication technologies had already seen convergence, nanotechnology, “is the field of future that will replace microelectronics and many fields with tremendous application potential in the areas of medicine, electronics and material science.” Kalam said that any part of the world be it developed or underdeveloped some of the major issues which include affordable healthcare, availability of pure drinking water, basic infrastructure, sustainable development and focus in research in the field of science and technology should always be the core of any policy making in order to alleviate the suffering of the poor and needy. During his extensive speech Kalam emphasized on the need for incepting technological advances in medical practice so as to offer better health care facilities to the citizens of the nation. Delivering his presidential address Governor of J&K State and Chancellor of the University of Kashmir NN Vohra while complementing the University for organizing the conference said that he hopes said some recommendations would come out from the four day discourse while focusing on the special problems of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Vohra said there are several health related problems such as seasonal influenza, allergy related diseases which he said have been often attributed to Russian Poplars and Hepatitis C which have time and again emerged as challenges for the people of J&K on health front and maintained that the organizational response to all these problems has not been optimal and there is need to blend technological advances with medical research to achieve the desired results. Vohra said there is need for togetherness of approaches and coordination of efforts between various agencies including educational institutions like KU, health agencies and industry so that standard laboratories could be established at various districts in the state thereby providing optimal healthcare and diagnostic facilities to the people of the state .
In his address Prof Joerg Hacker, President, German National Academy of Science, Germany while speaking about different aspects of research said that we are in the age of revolution in Cellular and Molecular mechanisms and integration of technology has achieved path breaking results in medical science. Vice Chancellor KU Prof Talat Ahmad who is also the chairman of the conference said that the conference is a great opportunity for the students and scholars of KU to interact with the veterans in the field and this sharing of ideas and experiences will help them in learning and getting exposed to new milestones in the field of cellular and molecular mechanisms. Prof Talat also presented a CD-copy of a documentary produced by KU`s EMMRC to APJ Kalam and to other dignitaries which is based on the efforts of KU`s GIAN cell to encourage grass root innovation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir Prof Hacker while complementing APJ Kalam for his document India vision-2020 said that India was greatly benefited in the field of science and technology during the presidentship of Kalam who because of his personal efforts gave a fillip to the overall scientific outlook of the country. Hacker further added that Kalam`s document India vision -2020 is not only a vision for India but for the whole world. Besides Dr Vijay Raghavan Secretary, DBT, GOI New Delhi and Dr VM Katoch, DG, ICMR GOI New Delhi, Deans of various faculties and heads of several departments, students, scholars and faculty members from various departments of KU were also present on the occasion. Registrar KU Prof Zaffar A Reishi presented vote of thanks on the occasion whereas Prof Raies Qadri Organizing Secretary of the Conference presented welcome address on the occasion.

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