16th September, 17, USTM: University of Science and Technology Meghalaya hosted the second Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture today at Techno City Campus. The lecture was delivered by Dr. B S Tomar, Director, Radiochemistry and Isotope Group, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre on “Atoms in the Service of Mankind”, in the presence of other dignitaries namely Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM, Dr. R K Sharma, Pro VC, USTM and Prof. Amarjyoti Chaudhury, C V Raman Chair Professor, USTM, Dr. T. R. Ganapathi, Head, Plant Cell Culture Technology Section, BARC.
Worthwhile to mention, the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya has initiated this memorial lecture not just to pay homage to Dr. Kalam but to re-enkindle the memory of Dr. Kalam’s visit to USTM to the students of USTM and also to dedicate ourselves to achieve the goals and objectives that Dr. Kalam had set before us, his Vision 2020 ; ” Freedom, development and stand-up to the world”. It is believeed that this memorial lecture would be a stepping stone in creating awareness, bonhomie amongst the people of North East and the scientific fraternity as a whole.
Prof. B S Tomar in his speech delineated how atoms are used for the development of the society and how it can be used for different purposes starting from the discovery of radioactive elements and their isotopes to their applications at the ground level. He had cited several examples of different initiatives taken up by BARC such as leak detection in gas pipelines, increase of soil quality and nutrition in crops, how radioisotope can be used for cancer treatment that can heal damage cells and kill bacteria, for food preservation, health care etc. While interacting with the students of USTM in the question hour, Dr. Tomar once again emphasized that in order to take science to the ground level, pro-active collaboration between research organizations, all state councils of science and technology and academic institutions and universities like USTM is the dire need of the time. Hence he urged the students of USTM to come forward more and more and take up science as their career option.
Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM during his address reminded the audience that Dr. Kalam had visited USTM in the year 2014 on the occasion of North East College Principals’ Conclave. During the event Dr. Kalam had encouraged USTM students to be on the path of innovation and excellence and how science can be used for the benefit of mankind. “I request all my dear students that the outcome of this lecture should be realized in producing innovative scientists from this university and we must carry forward Dr. Kalam’s legacy” added Shri M Hoque.