Curtain raiser event of IISF organized at IIIM

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To mark the celebrations of Fifth Edition of India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019, the CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine Jammu organized day long Public Outreach Programme on 25th Oct 2019. It is an annual event organised jointly by science and technology related Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and Vijnana Bharati (Vibha) and this year being held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre and Science City in Kolkata during November 5 to 8. It was attended by scientists, educationists, technocrats, scholars, students and members of civil society.

Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), & Secretary, DSIR, Government of India joined the proceeding of this event through video conferencing and also addressed the participants. During his address he informed the gathering that the theme for this year’s festival is RISEN India – Research, Innovation, and Science Empowering the nation.
Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Director, CSIR-IIIM, while welcoming the chief guest, students and other dignitaries said that young minds should think critically and challenge conventional set of thinking. He also pressed for the need to develop scientific temper among students for transformation of the youth and country. Dr Vishwakarma wished the budding scholars for successful scientific endeavour.
Dr Dhiraj Vyas, Nodal Scientist of IISF-2019 Out Reach Programme in his presentation gave detailed account of activities conducted during the event and informed that more than 35 schools with about 1,100 students, scholars, educationists and scientists across Jammu participated in this event.
Prof. Rajni Kant, president VIBHA, J&K and Director, Distance Education, Jammu University highlighted the significant achievements of VIBHA since its inception. A video presentation of VIBHA was also screened to inspire young students. On the occasion, the institute observed open day for students and various competitions like quiz, extempore and science models were organized for the students.

Prof Manish Gulati, Principal Happy Model School Udhampur delivered popular science talk to the students.
Later Prof. Rajni Kant also gave prizes to the winners of various science competitions held earlier in forenoon.
Deepika Singh conducted the proceedings of the event while Er. Rajneesh Anand, Chief Scientist presented vote of thanks.

Other dignitaries who attended the function included Dr. D.M.Mondhe, Sr. Principal Scientist & Head, Cancer Pharmacology, Er. Abdul Rahim, Senior Principal Scientist & Head, PME & IT, Dr. I.A.Khan, Senior. Principal Scientist & Head Clinical Microbiology, Dr. Zabeer Ahmed, Senior Principal Scientist & Head, Inflammation Pharmacology & ESD and Pankaj Bahadur, Controller of Administration.