Guwahati: The Research Cell of Assam downtown University (AdtU) successfully hosted a five-day webinar lecture series on the theme “Research in Public and Private Funded Institutions: Its Societal Impact” from June 22 to 26 with a lineup of 10 distinguished speakers from diverse fields from India and abroad.
The webinar started with introductory speech by Dr Maitreyee Sarma Bezbarua, dean of research, AdtU and convener of the webinar, followed by an address by Vice Chancellor, Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury, and Advisor Research and the chairman of the organizing committee, Dr BG Unni.
Dr G Narahari Sastry, Director, CSIR, NEIST, Jorhat was the inaugural expert speaker and the topic of his lecture was the role of Science and Technology in the time of War, Pandemic `and Natural Disaster’.
Other eminent speakers include Dr Apurbba Kumar Sharma, Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Coordinator, Design Innovation Center (DIC), IIT, Roorkee; Dr Dwipendra Thakuria, Professor, (Environ. Microbial. and Soil Science), School of NRM, College of PG studies in Agricultural Sciences, Central Agriculture University, Umium, Meghalaya; Dr Nayan Sharma, Adjunct Professor, IIT Roorkee, distinguished professor, Shiv Nadar University, Honorary Professor, Nottingham University; Dr Hemanta Hazarika, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan & Adjunct Professor, IIT Madras; Dr Sashindra Kumar Kakoty, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Dean(Resource generation and finance), Coordinator, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, IIT Guwahati; Dr Vikas Shirsath, Sr. Vice President- Global Operations, Jubilant Chemsys, Noida, Uttar Pradesh; Dr Swaroop Nandan Bora, Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT, Guwahati; Dr NC Talukdar, Former Director, Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati, and Dr BG Unni, Former Chief Scientist, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Adviser Research, AdtU, Director-Academic & Research, GEMS Arts & Science College (Affiliated to University of Calicut).
All the speakers had given inputs and suggestions which might be beneficial to all the participants and lead them to engage in research for better fulfillment of the needs of the society.
The valedictory session was addressed by the AdtU chancellor, Dr NN Dutta and Dean of Studies, Prof Bandana Dutta. They lauded and appreciated the efforts of the Research Cell for providing such a beneficial and thoughtful platform for discussion of research matters.