CUK commemorates National Science day
Science has tremendously changed our lives: Prof. Mehraj ud Din
Srinagar, Feb 28: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir today said that Science has brought a tremendous change in our day today life and the mankind has benefited immensely from the technological advancements.
“However, the purpose of Science should be to serve the mankind and humanity and not to destroy the civilization,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said in his presidential addressing during a seminar “Science and Technology for Specially Abled Persons,” cum poster competition organized by the Department of Students Welfare (DSW) in collaboration with the faculty of Life Sciences, Physical and Chemical Sciences and Information Technology to commemorate the National Science Day at the Sonwar academic block here on Tuesday.
Deans of various Schools, Heads and Coordinators of different departments, faculty members, senior functionaries of the varsity and students were also present on the occasion.
Referring to the use of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said that mere mention of such weapons sends shivers down the spines of people. He said the scientists should work only on the positive sides of the Science.
CUK Vice-Chancellor underscored the need of living together in peace and harmony. “In case we are able to live in peace and harmony, I am sure that the scientists would be able to use the science for positives only,” he added.
Prof. Khurshid Ali, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said the University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken a huge step by asking the educational institutions, particularly the universities across the country to observe the National Science Day. He said that large number of people are specially abled who need support and cooperation from the society. Prof. Khurshid Ali said the scientific research and technology should work tirelessly to eradicate the natural and manmade diseases. He said that if there is a disease then their definitely a cure for it. Prof. Khurshid Ali quoted an example of his student in the Department of Management Studies, University of Kashmir, who had lost both is upper limbs in an accident, but was able to qualify the civil services examination with flying colors. He said the society should encourage the differently able people to achieve the goals in their lives.
Dean School of Animal Sciences, Prof. M Nayyar Azim while giving brief programme details said, the main objective of holding this event is to sensitize the society about their role towards the specially abled persons. “There are around 7 to 8 crore people who are specially abled in our country and they need our help. With our contribution, we can empower them so that they would contribute towards the overall development of the country,” he said, adding that we have to provide them a barrier free environment, which includes accessibility infrastructure and social acceptability without any stigma.
Noted psychiatrist, Dr. Arshad Hussain in his keynote address said the concepts of disability are changing. Quoting the WHO 2001 report, he said, out of the 10 commonest disabilities in the world, six are psychiatric and psychological problems. “Depression is currently the commonest disability producing disorder in the world,” he said.
Dr. Arshad said that we have reached to the point wherein we can live with the physical disabilities, but we cannot live with slightest mental disabilities, as most of the work is mental. He said that mental disability has shown increased trend in Kashmir valley, particularly from the onset of conflict. Dr. Arshad Hussain said the Science has to be ultimately used for the service and benefit of the mankind and the group which probably deserves the most is those with disabilities. He said all the institutions should be disabled friendly and all type of support should be provided to the people suffering from any type of disability.
Columnist, Dr. Javaid Iqbal while addressing the gathering traced the history of modern Science and called it a highly specialized subject. He said majority of the students are not fully acquainted about the history of Sciences. “When we trace the history, Science started way back nearly 2500 years ago in Greece and it was a mix of Science and Philosophy that first developed,” he added. Dr. Javaid Iqbal said that it was Hippocrates who developed the biological sciences. He also traced the history of Science in Islam.
Registrar, Prof. Muhammad Afzal Zargar, in his special address said, Science and technology has revolutionized this world and has turned the universe into a global village. “The whole world is connected. A small gadget like cellular phone, a small innovation of Science has revolutionized our way of living,” he said adding that the technology has been able to alleviate the problems and sufferings of mankind. Prof. Zargar said that there are many vices associated with certain technologies, but if used properly, it would always benefit and help the mankind. He asked the students to think differently and try to innovate for the good of mankind. Prof. Zargar also underscored the need of providing platform to the students to showcase their hidden talent.
Dean Students Welfare, Dr. Fayaz A Nikka in his welcome address said that this day was being celebrated across the country and carries two lessons for us: “Those who contribute towards the welfare of the mankind are remembered for all the times to come and there is a challenge for us that there are hidden things in nature which have to be explored and subsequently used for the benefit of the human beings.” He said Science has a very significant role in conducting researches in different fields and then coming out with solutions to the problems confronted by the human beings.
Civil society member, poet and humorist, Mr. Ayub Sabir enthralled the audience with his humor and couplets and highlighted the issues of drug abuse and female feticide, urging the intellectual class to rise to the occasion and fight these issues.
Coordinator, Department of Biotechnology, Dr. Shah Ubaidullah conducted the programme proceedings of the inaugural session while as Assistant Professor, Department of IT, Dr. Afaq Alam proposed the vote of thanks.
Later on, Dean School of Social Sciences, Prof. Hameed Naseem Rafiabadi, Prof A M Wani, Prof S M Afzal Qadri (Legal Expert), Dr. Zaffar Iqbal from CRC Bemina, Dr. Amit Wanchoo of HN Wanchoo Trust, Mr. Zareef A Zareef. Dr. Mohammad Lateef and Dr. Ibraq Khurshid anchored the different sessions of the Seminar.
In the poster competition, Ms. Maryam from department of IT won the first prize of Rs 3000, while as Ms Nazish of Zoology department bagged the second prize of Rs 2500 and Ms Saniya from department of IT bagged the third prize of Rs 1500.
IT Students make presentation
Three students of IT Department Ms. Hanna Mushtaq, Ms. Aafreen Jan and Ms Iqra Fayaz made a presentation on Smart Home Appliance Control System (SHACS). “SHACS is a wireless home automation system that can be implemented in existing home environments, with minor changes in the existing infrastructure. Android phones have the advantage of a user-friendly interface, customizable and extendible applications and are easy to carry. This setup lets the user to control her home using an android smart phone. The user can select actions as to what should happen to the electrical and/or electronic appliances present in the vicinity. This product will not only provide convenience to the common man but will be a boon for the elderly and disabled,” they said in their presentation.