Yenepoya (Deemed to be University), Deralakatte, Mangaluru organized the “National Science Day 2021 – National Symposium” at Deralakatte campus with this year’s theme of “Future of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI): Impacts on Education, Skills and Work”.
National Science Day is celebrated every year on 28th February to mark the discovery of The Raman Effect by Sir C. V. Raman on 28th February 1928.
The chief guest for the occasion, Mr. Venkataramanan Ramachandran, Karkinos Healthcare Pvt Ltd., Mumbai, Maharashtra, emphasized the need for “collaborations on the issues of relevance”.
Prof. Gururow Tayur, Emeritus Professor, Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore was the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker for the symposium. He talked about education and educational research in India – challenges, perspectives and future opportunities. He emphasised on the childhood education. He reiterated a major/key point of NEP 2020 on the experiential learning, i.e., learning by doing or learning through experience. He also spoke on the changing scenario in education and the importance of online learning in the field of education.
The Department of Community Medicine was awarded as the best performing department with highest research output- 2020. Department of General Medicine was awarded Department with quality research output – 2020. Yenepoya Technology Incubator was given Appreciation award for exemplary support for translational research through ETA and SPARSH grants from BIRAC and Dr. Naveen G.H. (Principal and Medical Superintendent, Yenepoya Naturopathy and Yogic Science College and Hospital) was honored with Appreciation award for availing extramural grant and paving the way for research in a newly constituted college under AYUSH.
This was followed by four groups of technical sessions in Engineering and Material Science, Biological Sciences and Environment, Emerging Ethical Issues in STI and Science and Technology in Healthcare. Dr. Jyotishkumar Parameswaranpillai, King Mongkut's University
of Technology North Bangkok; Dr. Oommen V. Oommen, Chairperson, Center for Sustainable Environment – India, Biodiversity Action, India; Dr. K. Ramani, Associate Professor, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India; Dr. Martin Welch, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK and Dr. Vasantha Muthuswamy, Senior Deputy Director General (Retired), ICMR, India were the special guests for the technical sessions. The sessions received an overwhelming response with more than 150 participants.
Dr. M. Vijayakumar, Vice-Chancellor of Yenepoya (Deemed to be University) presided over the function and he talked about the relevance of ASK – Attitude, Skill, and Knowledge and the need for changing trend from specialisation to generalisation. Dr. B.H Sripathi Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr. K. Gangadhar Somayaji, Registrar, and Dr. Rekha P. D., Deputy Director of Yenepoya Research Centre were present in the event.
The members of the organizing committee were Dr. Rekha P. D., Chairperson, Dr. Ranajit Das(Assistant Professor, Yenepoya Research Centre), Secretary, Dr. Rajesh Shastry(Assistant Professor, Yenepoya Research Centre), Joint-Secretary, Dr. Uma Kulkarni (Member Secretary, Yenepoya Ethics Committee-1, Associate Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology, YMCH), Dr. Bhagawan Rekadwad (Assistant Professor, Yenepoya Research Centre), Dr. Divya Lakshmanan (Assistant Professor, Yenepoya Research Centre), Dr. Pratigya Subba (Assistant Professor, Yenepoya Research Centre), Dr. Ashwini Prabhu (Assistant Professor, Yenepoya Research Centre) and Dr. Rajesh Raju (Assistant Professor, Yenepoya Research Centre).