KIIT hosts ISCA National Seminar

A National Seminar on 'Science & Technology: Rural Development', jointly organised by KIIT Deemed to be University and Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) Bhubaneswar Chapter, was inaugurated in KIIT on December 13, 2019.

Eminent members and scientists including Professor V L Saxena, General President (Elect), ISCA; Professor S Ramakrishna, General Secretary, Membership Affairs, ISCA; Dr B K Das, Director, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute; Professor P P Mathur, Former General Secretary, Scientific Activities, ISCA along with Past General Presidents – Dr M K Chakrabarti and Professor A K Saxena, Innovator Mihir Kumar Panda and Professor J R Mohanty, Registrar, KIIT-DU – elaborated on different aspects of the theme.

Dr Kajal Parashar, Convener, ISCA Bhubaneswar Chapter delivered the welcome address, while Profeessor P Rath, Treasurer proposed the vote of thanks.

They pointed out that Rural Development is something much broader than agriculture. The time has come to give importance to the social and economic well being of rural community. Technology should be used in the villages for empowering the villagers and stop their migration to cities. It is important to personalise agriculture and promote non-farming jobs in rural areas.

This is the right time for science activists, scientists and science administrators to discuss issues related to rural development, they stated. India is now self sufficient in food production, but we need to think about growing organic food. "Through science congress we have to take necessary steps towards sustainable economic growth. Indian economy is based on rural economy. We have to develop rural technology, as it is very important in the present age."

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