The 10th edition of the Chandigarh Science Congress (CHASCON) commenced at Panjab University (PU) on Monday. It is centered around the theme — ‘Integrative Approaches in Advancement of Science’.
More than 1500 academicians, scientists and researchers from Chandigarh region are participating in the the three-day conclave. Director of Indian Institute of Technology, Roper, Sarit K Das inaugurated the conference in the presence of PU vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover. In his keynote speech, Das discussed the properties and applications of nanofluids in healthcare science and technology. He also discussed thermal removal of cancer using targeted drug delivery and the use of gold nanorods in the treatment of cancer.
Grover spoke on the importance of science conferences in enhancing education in the region.
An exhibition of research activities of various institutes of Chandigarh and departments of PU also commenced at PU’s Law auditorium.
A book encompassing research work of various scientists was released at the inaugural ceremony on Monday.
Senior scientist at the National Academy of Sciences, India, and Padma Shri recipient Veena Tandon conducted a session on the need to sensitise people about the widespread food-borne worm infections. Tandon provided an overview of newly emerging public health problems related to Helminthiasis. She talked about the most common infections caused by worms and how these get transmitted. “The transmission chain involves food, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Most of the times, people are not aware of the risks involved,” she added.
Earlier, the first scientific session was chaired by dean (R&D) at IISER, Mohali, P Guptasarma. Noted scientist and acting director of Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, Amitabha Chattopadhay spoke on the fundamentals of fluorescence spectroscopy. He elaborated fluorescence-based techniques and its application to representative problems.
Durgamadhab Misra, professor, associate chair for graduate studies, Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA, spoke on the scientific and technical challenges for nanometer-scale in semiconductor technology.
The first day of the science congress concluded with a special lecture by Pramod Tandon, Chief Executive Officer, Biotech Park, Lucknow, on the potential of plant resources and climate change in the Indian context.