Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Academy : A Review

The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations and the Symposium on ‘Excitement of Science’ were inaugurated by the President of India, Hon'ble Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, amidst the august gathering of educationists, scientists and scholars at Multi-Purpose Hall of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad on Thursday, October 6, 2005.

 

His Excellency Hon'ble Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India delivering his Inaugural Address.

Hon'ble Shri T.V. Rajeswar, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Hon'ble Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Hon'ble Prof. M.G.K. Menon, Chairman, Advisory Committee, Platinum Jubilee Celebrations and Past President of the Academy, Hon'ble Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi, Honorary Fellow of the Academy, Shri Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd., Past Presidents, Fellows and Members of the Academy and other distinguished guests were also present on this historic occasion.

The Academy made a new beginning of having closer interaction with the Industry for which it invited Shri Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd.

 

His Excellency Hon'ble Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India being felicitated by Prof. V.P. Kamboj, President of the Academy.

 His Excellency Hon'ble Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India felicitating Hon’ble Prof. M.G.K. Menon, Past President and Chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Advisory Committee

 Hon’ble Shri T.V. Rajeswar, Governor of U.P. and a Guest of Honour delivering his address

 Hon’ble Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief Minister of U.P. and a Guest of Honour delivering his address

Hon’ble Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi addressing the audience. Prof. P.K. Seth, General Secretary (HQ), Shri Mukesh Ambani, CMD, Reliance Industries Ltd., and  Hon’ble Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief Minister of U.P. are also seen on the dais.

Shri Mukesh Ambani, CMD, Reliance Industries Ltd.,  addressing the audience.

 

 Prof. V.P. Kamboj, President of the Academy  addressing the audience.

On this auspicious occasion a Special Cover on the National Academy of Sciences, India and several publications were brought out. Ms. Vijayalakshmi Seth, Chief Post Master General, Uttar Pradesh presented a Special Cover on The National Academy of Sciences, India to Rashtrapati ji.  The following publications of the Academy were also presented to Rashtrapati ji–

 1.      History of the Academy entitled "The Journey of NASI (1930-2005)" by Prof. B.N. Dhawan, Chief Editor, Proceedings of the Academy (Biological Sciences).

2.      Souvenir by Prof. (Mrs.) Manju Sharma, Past President of the Academy,

3.       A Profile of the Academy by Prof. H.Y. Mohan Ram, a senior Fellow of the Academy,

4.      Special Issue on "Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals and Zoonoses in India" by Prof. Veena Tandon, Editor of the Issue and Council Member of the Academy,

5.      'A Book on Safe Water, Health for Success' by Prof. V.P. Sharma, Past President of the Academy.

 

 Prof. (Mrs.) Manju Sharma presenting the Souvenir of the Academy to His Excellency Hon'ble Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India.

On this historical occasion Prof. V.P. Kamboj, President of the Academy honoured Rashtrapati ji Hon'ble Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam by presenting a memento and shawl.  He also honoured the Governor, Chief Minister, Prof. Joshi and Shri Ambani by presenting mementos to them.

 

Prof. V.P. Sharma presenting the book on 'Safe Water Health for Success'  to  His Excellency Hon'ble Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India.

Rashtrapati ji honoured the Past Presidents of the Academy present on the occasion – Prof. S.Z. Qasim, Prof. M.G.K. Menon, Prof. A.P. Mitra, Prof. (Mrs.) Manju Sharma, Prof. P.N. Tandon, Prof. V.P. Sharma, Prof. S.K. Joshi and Prof. Jai Pal Mittal.  He also honoured the Present President, Prof. V.P. Kamboj on this occasion.

 

His Excellency Hon'ble Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India with the Past Presidents of the Academy present on the occasion.

The inauguration was followed by a Symposium on “Excitement of Science” held at the Auditorium of the Academy.  During the symposium nine scientific sessions were held where lectures were delivered by eminent scientists. Titles of their lectures are given in the table :

Speaker

Title of the Lecture

Prof. A.P. Mitra

Global Change : Challenges of a Changing Environment

Prof. P.N. Tandon

Stem Cells

Prof. R.A. Mashelkar

Making High Technology Work for the Poor

Prof. Anil Kakodkar

The Excitement of Mission Oriented R & D

Prof. S.K. Joshi

Strong Interacting Electrons : Puzzles and Challenges

Prof. Jai Pal Mittal

Excitement in Chemistry

Prof. G. Padmanaban

Genomic Sciences and Medical Biotechnology

Prof. Harsh K. Gupta

Tsunamis

Prof. D. Balasubramanian

The History and Development of the Field of Genetics

Prof. Akhilesh K. Tyagi

Rice Genome and Beyond

Prof. R. Gadagkar

Cooperation and Altruism in Insect Societies

Prof. Sushanta Dattagupta

Memory in Magnetic Nano-particle

Prof. Mahtab Bamji

Diet, Nutrition and Health - Challenges and Opportunities

Prof. Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath

Use it or Lose it - How the Human Brain Works

Prof. Amit Ghosh

Ethical Issues in the Frontier Areas of Science : Some Considerations for Biotechnology

Prof. A.K. Sood

Can you say No to NANO?

Shri Mukesh Ambani

Science and Technology in building the 21st Century India

                 

Prof. A.P. Mitra (left) and  Prof. P.N. Tandon (right) delivering lectures during the Symposium on 'Excitement of Science"

              

Prof. R.A. Mashelkar (left) and  Prof. Anil Kakodkar (right) delivering lectures during the Symposium on 'Excitement of Science"

         

 Prof. S.K. Joshi  (left) and  Prof. Jai Pal Mittal (right) delivering lectures during the Symposium on 'Excitement of Science

            

 Prof. G. Padmanaban (left) and  Prof. Harsh K. Gupta (right) delivering lectures during the Symposium on 'Excitement of Science"

    

Prof. D. Balasubramanian (left) and  Prof. Akhilesh K. Tyagi (right) delivering lectures during the Symposium on 'Excitement of Science"

        

 Prof. R. Gadagkar (left) and  Prof. Sushanta Dattagupta (right) delivering lectures during the Symposium on 'Excitement of Science"

             

 Prof. Mahtab Bamji (left) and  Prof. (Ms.) Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath (right) delivering lectures during the Symposium on 'Excitement of Science"

          

Prof. Amit Ghosh  (left) and Prof. A.K. Sood  (right) delivering lectures during the Symposium on 'Excitement of Science"

 

 Shri Mukesh Ambani delivering lecture during the Symposium on 'Excitement of Science"

          

 Prof. V.L. Chopra (left) and  Prof. (Mrs.) Manju Sharma (right) Chairing lectures during the Symposium on 'Excitement of Science"

These exciting lectures were delivered in a simple manner which could be understood by the audience. The students attending the lectures interacted with the speakers, after the lecture. The symposium was a great scientific feast for the participants.

 Satellite SymposiaThe first Satellite Symposium of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Academy was organized during the 7th International Symposium on ‘Vector Borne Diseases’ at Patiala, on 18th February, 2005. It was inaugurated by Prof. V.P. Kamboj, President of the Academy, who was also the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Keynote Address was delivered by Prof. V.P. Sharma. The list of other Satellite Symposia held under the auspices of Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Academy is given below –

S.

No.

Title

Venue

Date

1.

Nanotechnology

IIT Bombay

September 8-9,2005

2. 

Perspectives in Mathematics

Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai

Sept. 23-24, 2005

3. 

String Theory-Basic Notions and Recent Developments

H.R.I. Allahabad

Oct. 1-2,2005

 

4. 

Stem Cell Research : Potential and Therapeutics

Modern College, Pune

October 16, 2005

5.

Vector Borne Parasitic Diseases

RMRC, NE Region, Duibrugarh

Oct. 24-26, 2005

6. 

Toxicology, Environment and Occupational Health

ITRC, Lucknow

Nov. 7-10, 2005

7.

Macromolecular  Crystallography

 

CDFD, Gandipet,

Hyderabad

Nov. 15-16, 2005

8.

Technology and Innovation in Math Education

IIT Bombay

Dec 4-6, 2005

9.

Bio-diversity, Agriculture and Nutritional Security (Dedicated to Late Dr. T.N. Khoshoo)

M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai.

Dec. 6, 2005

10.

Brain Research

NIMHANS, Bangalore

Dec. 11-14, 2005

11.

Gene to Genome : Environment and Chemical Interaction

ITRC, Lucknow

Jan 18-20, 2006

12.

Drinking Water and Community Health – Standards, Surveillance and Management

INSA, New Delhi

Feb.10-11, 2006

13.

Advances in Product Development 2006

MNNIT, Allahabad

Feb 17-18, 2006

    14.

Orchids : Why and How

Panjab University, Chandigarh

March 18-20, 2006

  15.

Himalayan Biodiversity – Issues and Options for Priority Research

G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Almora

March 27-28, 2006

Children Science Awareness Programme – Children Science Awareness Programme were organized in the colleges of Dehradun, Nainital and Hardwar under the Convenorship of Prof. V.P. Sharma.

 NASI - Platinum Jubilee Lectures Series – During the Platinum Jubilee year of the Academy some of its Senior Fellows delivered Platinum Jubilee Lectures. These Speakers were designated as the NASI-Platinum Jubilee Speakers by the Academy.

Prof. M.G.K. Menon delivered several lectures on Cosmic Rays and Elementary Particle Physics and Medicine etc. at different places.

Prof. V.P. Sharma delivered lectures on Fighting Malaria in India; Personal Protection from mosquito nuisance and diseases; Excitement of Science;  Role of Entomology in Malaria; Control; Artemisia annua-a source of wonder antimalarial drug; Malaria : Situation analysis, diagnosis and treatment; Malaria : Prevention and treatment; Malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment with particular reference to high risk groups; Malaria : prevention and treatment with particular reference to women;  Mosquito behaviour and their role in malaria transmission; Fighting malaria with Artemisia annua – a wonder anti-malarial drug; and Malaria and its control by the communities.

Prof. (Mrs.) Manju Sharma delivered lectures on Importance of Education and Scientific Knowledge; Malnutrition of Women and Children and some Simple Home Remedies for them; On Environmental Sanitation and Cleanliness; HIV/AIDS; Excitement of Biotechnology; and Career options in Biology : Excitement and Challenges.

Prof. S.K. Joshi delivered lecture on Superconductivity.

Prof. Samir Bhattacharya delivered lecture on Molecular mechanisms involved in Diabetes mellitus : a global epidemic disease.

Dr. (Mrs.) Shelly Bhattacharya delivered lecture on Cellular interaction with Xenobiotics in animals.

 Prof. A.P. Mitra delivered lecture on Ionospheric Physics.

Lectures for (10 + 2) level Science Students  - At the request of the Academy, over 300 Fellows/Members have delivered lectures to (10+2) level science students in Schools/Colleges of their respective city as a part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Academy.