SRINAGAR: A 5-day Internship Science Programme titled as ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)’ organised by National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, kick-started on Tuesday here at Nigeen.
With an intention to “attract gifted minds of valley towards science”, more than 200 bright students who have excelled in academics particularly in science subject were invited to be participants of the programme which will remain open till December 30, an official statement issued here said.
Director Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, Dr AG Ahangar was the chief guest on the occasion while as Vice Chancellor Kashmir University, Prof. Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi, VC Central University of Kashmir, Prof. Mehrajud-din, VC Islamic University of Science & Technology, Mushtaq A. Siddiqui, Dean Agricultural, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences Kashmir (SKUAST-K), and principal Sir Syed Memorial College of Engineering technology, Prof. M. Mustafa were other guests who graced the occasion.
In his inaugural address, convener of the programme, Prof. M.A. Shah appreciated and encouraged students for choosing career in science stream and being part of the event, and stressed on hard work to excel in the field.
Pointing out the relevance of basic sciences and its impact on scientific enquiry, Prof. Shah said his institute would provide all the possible support whatever it could to organise such programmes in future.
Dr Ahangar talked about his personal and professional life and the challenges he has faced so that students could understand that to overcome the challenges will guarantee their success in their goals. He urged students to minimise distraction and keep focused on their goals.
Welcoming the guests and participants, Registrar NIT Srinagar, Prof. M.S. Mir said the programme was conceptualised to give an opportunity to the young bright minds to have an expose of inventions and discoveries made by the researchers and experts in the field of science and technology.
Prof. Mir opined that the democratisation of science could be helpful to reach the diverse needs and inquisitives of the student community. He also mentioned about plans for modernisation and upgradation that NIT is working on to make the institute a great institute in the State and across India.
Chairman, INSPIRE, Prof Sheikh Nazir in his address highlighted the essence and importance of science and technology which has brought revolution in current world.
Asking participants to carry forwards the legacy of great scientists like Sir CV Raman, Subramaniam Chandrashekhar, Venkataraman, Director, NIT, Rakesh Sehgal said that participants should ponder over the great contributions made by them.
Referring to the efforts and research carried out at NIT, he said that NIT Srinagar is one among top five institutes in India to have been recognised in terms of its contribution in research and technology.
Prof M. Mustafa in his special address described the significance of scientific research and role of NIT in indelible scientific research culture and contribution to the broader national and global scientific spectrum.
He also statistically expounded the implications of higher scientific research of India and our standing at the global level and argued that students across India and abroad are attracted to NIT due to its unique and uncompromising academic tradition.
Prof Mushtaq A. Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor IUST, encouraged the students for being privileged to attend this programme. He further said that NIT invited eminent scholars, renowned professors, inspiring teachers and enthusiastic demonstrators to exchange bright ideas with one another.
The event that saw the participation of guests from University of Delhi, NIT Hamirpur, witnessed technical sessions in the afternoon session.