Science Day was
jointly organized by University of Science and Technology
Meghalaya and Regional Institute of Science and Technology on
28th February 2014. The Chief Guest of the Seminar was Dr.
N.C. Talukdar, Director, Institute of Advanced Studies of
Science and Technology, Guwahati. The theme of the Seminar was
“Fostering Scientific Temper”.
Dr. R. K.
Sharma gave the welcome address of the event where he said
that “Science Day has been observed to spread the message of
science, its application and its contribution towards
The Chief guest
Dr. N. C. Talukdar gave a speech on the occasion saying that,
“Science requires one to have passion, followed by patience
and perseverance”. He also added that “There has been an
upsurge in the scientific arena in the metros. Britishers’
have made a major contribution to scientific development in
the mainland India.” He further said that “Science has an
empirical base supplemented with facts based on experiments”.
The Chief Guest
also gave a presentation on the topic “Traditional knowledge
based Science for North East Indian Part of Indo-Burma
Biodiversity Hotspots”, in the presence of all the faculty
members and students of University of Science and Technology
Meghalaya and Regional Institute of Science and Technology. In
his presentation he highlighted the various biodiversity
hotspots of the world, the rank of Indo Burma biodiversity
hotspot among the other biodiversity hotspots in the world. He
then went on to say that the Indo Burma biodiversity hotspot
is the origin centre of Citrus, Zingiberacce and Banana. Later
he also stressed on the alarming rate of increase in the
endemic species of Indo Burma region, tagging it as an
environment emergency room that ranks 6th in the world. He
winded up the presentation saying that North East should focus
on establishing an Institute that offers study and application
of Jhum farming and cultivation with the abundance of greenery
in the North east region.
Dr. P. K. Abdul
Azis, Vice Chancellor, University of Science and Technology,
Meghalaya remarked on the occasion by saying that “Science has
become all pervasive to be enjoyed and applied by an ordinary
man”. He added that “All that we see around us is science,
transforming our lives at a high speed”.
Dr. R. K.
Sharma addressed the event saying “Science Day has been
observed to spread the message of science, its application and
its contribution towards humanity”. Dr. Dinesh Baishya, Dean
,School of Media and Cultural studies also gave a speech on
the occasion. He quoted “A person working in a scientific
laboratory should posses a full scientific temperament”.
Science Day is celebrated all over India on 28th of February
every year in order to commemorate the invention of the Raman
Effect in India by the Indian physicist, Sir Chandrasekhara
Venkata Raman on the same day in the year 1928. For his great
success in the field of science in India, Chandrasekhara
Venkata Raman was awarded and honored with the Nobel Prize in
the Physics in the year 1930.