Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 18:
Allahabad based National Academy of Sciences (NASI) held its 85th annual session at KIIT University of Odisha capital and organized a symposium on ‘Marine and Freshwater Ecosystem for National Development’. The prestigious meet, which returned to Odisha after a gap of 19 years, was held between December 6 and 8.
“It is a scientific and social responsibility to protect and conserve our productive ecosystems. Therefore, the basic idea of organising the symposium was to bring out the trends in aquatic ecosystem conservation, restoration and management including the hydrological, biophysical aspects, peoples participation and the role of non-governmental, educational and the governmental organizations with a focus towards future research needs,” said Manju Sharma, former President of NASI during the inaugural function of the symposium on December 6.
She further explained the role of ecosystem services in nation development which covers the physical processes conditioning the ecosystems along Indian coastline such as climate change in Indian ocean perspective, utilization of marine resources, coral micro-biome, inland fisheries and aquaculture in India, its advances, potential and strategies for future development, Chilka lake – ecosystems and ecological services, blue revolution in coastal states, and anticipatory research for the benefit of Inland open water fisheries etc.
The Chief Guest in the inaugural function was Prof. PN Tandon, the President of NBRC and a medical scientist of world repute. Besides, there were several other important speakers who spoke during three-day meet such as S. Ayyappan- Secretary to the Government of India, S. K. Sopory – VC of JNU, Shailesh Nayak- Secretary to the Government of India, S. R. Shetye, Vice-Chancellor of Goa University, Pramod Tandon, Chief Executive Officer of BioTech Park Lucknow, Prof. P. P. Mathur – VC of KIIT and many other senior scientists of world repute.
Several awards were also given on this occasion such as NASI-Reliance Industries (four awards, each of Rs 2 Lacs) and NASI-Young Scientist (13 Awards, each of Rs 25 thousand) Awards, NASI-Swarna Jayanti Puraskars etc.
More than 500 young and senior scientists participated in the three days programme from all over the country. On the concluding day, about 400 students from about 23 schools attended a parallel programme (Children Science Meet) jointly organized by the Academy and KIIT.