SRINAGAR: Renowned scientist Dr Chandaram Sivaji on Saturday delivered a lecture at the University of Kashmir. He spoke on “Opportunities for international research collaborations and fellowships.”
Dr Sivaji, Scientist-F, is presently Director, International Cooperation (Bilateral) at the Department of Science and Technology that works under the aegis of Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
The lecture, attended by students, scholars and faculty members, was presided over by Dean (Research) Prof Sheikh Javed Ahmad. Dean Students Welfare Prof Fayyaz Ahmad and Chief Coordinator, Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance (DIQA), Dr Manzoor A Shah, coordinated it.
In his lecture, Dr Chandaram talked at length on the role of DST in promoting scientific research collaborations and fellowships.
Referring to opportunities available to budding researchers and scholars through fellowships and research programs at the international level, Dr Chandaram said: “India is a rising powerhouse in science and is participating in international mega science projects. The feedback we have received over the last few years shows that our international partners are highly impressed with the talent of students and scholars.”
Maintaining that the recent initiatives by the DST have “reversed” the trend of brain-drain, Dr Chandaram said: “India has built its own mega science facilities and we welcome international participation, it is these initiatives that have reversed brain drain and started ‘brain-gain’ in the country.”
Earlier, Dr Chandaram had a detailed interacted with KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi.
Dr Chandaram has obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Masters Degree in Geophysics from Andhra University and pursued Doctoral degree at the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. He is involved in implementation of various Earth Science related programmes of DST such as Seismology, Microzonation, Deep Continental Studies, Science of Shallow Subsurface, National facilities in earth sciences etc., for promoting basic research.