Awantipora ,February 282017,CNS: To highlight the role of science and technology towards the society at large and specially abled in particular Islamic University of Science & TechnologyTuesday celebrated the ‘National Science Day’ which was dedicated to late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for his pioneering contribution towards the differently abled persons.
Speaking on the occasion Vice Chancellor, IUST Prof. Mushtaq A. Siddiqi, highlighted the current global trends in science and technology that are catering to the needs of specially abled during his inaugural address. “Due to scientific innovations,viable facilities are being developed around the world especially in the area of mobilization that confronts the specially abled people,” he said.
He also emphasised on the need for people to change their mindset towards the differentlyabled persons, adding that their behaviour should be appropriate and encouraging towards them. “People with any kind of disability have to be seen as assets as has been established in all fields and we need to develop disability-friendly systems. Among the faculties of a humans there is an element of ‘Humanism’ which is an important aspect of charity and it should be inculcated effectively from the beginning,” Prof. Siddiqi added.
In his welcome address Dean Academic Affairs and Coordinating Chairman Prof. Mushtaq A. Qurishi stressed that the advances in science and technology will go far ahead in bringing the specially abled people at par with everyone in the contemporary competitive scenario of the world. While highlighting the contribution of Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Azad towards this field he said, “It was due to him that there was an advancement in the research and development of prosthetic limbs, which were reduced in weight from 3.5 Kgs to mere 400 gms because of the light weight constituent materials generally used in space technology.”
“Kalam has bestowed the nation with scientific education which nowadays even common people can access,” he further said.
Special lecture series covering variousaspects of the theme was also held on this occasion and invited speakers comprised Prof. Gh. Mohiuddin BhatDean, Faculty of Applied Science & Technology, University of Kashmir, Mr. Riyaz Ahmad, KAS Dy Director JKTDC, Dr. Arshid Pandit, Senior Scientist, Department of Human Genetics, SKIMS
The university also organised a special performance by specially abled students of the Zaiba Aapa Institute of Inclusive Education Bijbehara and a special cash prize was also announced for them. A parallel symposium was also conductedon “Scientific Contribution for Specially Abled Persons & Future Prospects” and prizes were also distributed among the best three paper presenters..
The event was co-sponsored by J&K department of Science & Technology, Anantnag. Also present on this occasion were Ex. Chancellor Prof. Siddiq Wahid, Registrar IUST Prof. A. G Rather, Secretary, J&K Wakf Board,Mohammad Rafi Bhat, Director, JK Institute of Mathematical Science, Amar Singh College Prof. Asiya Sidiqqi, District Officer Srinagar, JKDST Bilal Ahmad, Emeritus Scientist CSIR and Ex Head Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Dr. A. S Shawl, Principal Zaiba Aapa Institute of Inclusive Education (ZAIIE) Bijbihara Javed Ahmad Tak, Rehabilitation Officer, CRC Bemina, Shamim Ahmad, Deans of various faculties IUST, Principles of various colleges, HoDs, faculty members and students of different departments of IUST.,
The day marks the anniversary of the discovery of Raman Effect – the discovery in Physics that won India its first Nobel Prize in Sciences around 80 years ago.