Along with the whole nation, the Department of Physics, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya has also celebrated the National Science Day on 28th February, 2017 at the University campus. The day is being celebrated in India on February 28 every year in commemoration of Nobel Laureate Sir C. V. Raman’s landmark discovery of the Raman Effect on 28th February, 1928, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics later in 1930. The focal theme of National Science Day-2017 was “Science and Technology for Specially Abled Persons”.
With the spirit of the celebration, a Science Model Competition, a Quiz Competition, a Formal Meeting with three invited lectures were organized. Department of Physics also released the first volume of annual science magazine ‘AXION’ by the distinguished guests. All the events were enthusiastically participated by students from different colleges and Universities including Gauhati University, Cotton College, Arya Vidyapeeth College, Pub Kamrup College etc. along with students of USTM. Students from Schools have also participated in Science Model competition.
The Science Model competition was inaugurated by Prof. Syed Iqbal Ali of Aligarh Muslim University. The Chief Guest of NSD-2017, Dr. D K Srivastava, Raja Ramanna Fellow and Former Director & Distinguished Scientist, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata and all the distinguished guests also observed the models presented. The exhibition is judged by Prof. Anurup Gohain Barua, Professor and former Head of the department of Physics, Gauhati University and Prof. Enamul Karim, Dean, School of Applied Sciences, USTM. Nine groups in the college/University level and nine groups in the school level have participated in the science model competition. Moreover, 12 groups have taken part in the Quiz competition, which was conducted by Quiz Master Mr. Sailen Baishya.
The formal meeting was inaugurated by Dr. R.K. Sarma, Hon’ble Pro-Vice Chancellor, USTM. The Chief Guest, Dr. D. K. Srivastava has delivered a brilliant speech entitled “Why should we do basic research” emphasizing the importance of research in basic sciences for the development of human civilization. The Guest of Honour, Prof. Kulendu Pathak, Former VC, Dibrugarh University has delivered a wonderful talk on the importance of celebrating National Science Day and generating ‘Scientific Temper’ among the common people. The Guest of Honour, Prof. Syed Iqbal Ali expressed his views on the importance of Science study and scientific thinking for the overall development of mankind. Prof. Amarjyoti Choudhury, C. V. Raman Chair Professor of Applied Sciences, USTM also delivered a very insightful talk on the great discovery of Sir C. V. Raman, the ‘Raman Effect’ and its applications. The programme was ended with the prize distribution followed by vote of thanks. Finally a tree plantation programme has undertaken after the formal session.