Delivering the closing address at the three-day symposium Scientific Foresight 2008, Governor RL Bhatia said that there was no dearth of talent in Bihar. However, there was need for their proper exposure. He urged the organisers to continue in the interest of students of the state.
Scientific Foresight 2008 saw a grand opening on December 20 by the Deputy CM of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall.
Modi vouched that his government is committed to promote science and technology in the state. He asserted that the government was making efforts to promote technical education in the State as a large number of students from Bihar were going out every year to pursue higher education in other states.
The Bihar government had taken up infrastructure development projects including construction of IT towers to attract IT companies to invest in the State and create employment opportunities for the youth.
About 50 innovative project/ presentation were presented in the symposium by students and researchers from different universities and institutions, which deliberated on the newer branches of science like biotechnology and nano-technology.
The workshop was jointly organized by various universities and other teaching institutions in Bihar. Organised every year, Scientific Foresight focuses on promoting scientific awareness with a purpose to develop Bihar on frontiers of knowledge creation and fostering research interest among enthusiasts. It highlights new challenges in science and technology domain through collaborative participations by seasoned professionals, eminent scientists, established entrepreneurs, and creative minds alike.
This event is supported by a large number of Biharis living outside the state, within India and abroad. Convened by Ramraj Pandey (Michigan, USA), the Global Coordination Committee included the technocrats like Atul Kumar, Ajit Chouhan, Vivek Kumar, Chandan Singh and others.
The technical session on Monday was addressed by Dr Rajiv Kumar Sinha (Griffith University, Australia), Dr MV Anantkrishnan (IIT Bombay), Rabia Kidwai, (Director of Azadi an NGO), Prof. Shashank Shekhar (Bihar College of Engeeniring, Bhagalpur), Dr AK Ghosh (AN College, Patna) and Shobha Rani (Alphia Institute of Business Management, Patna).
(With inputs from Ajit Chouhan, Vivek Kumar and Shweta Singh)