A Two Day National Seminar on Recent Developments in Synthesis and Catalysis concluded today on March 11, 2017, organised by the Department of Chemistry. The Seminar was organised under the UGC's SAP-DRS-II Programme of the Department in which Catalysis is the thrust areas of research of the Department. More than 80 research papers and posters were presented by the research students, faculty members and scientists from several Universities like NEHU, GU and reputed institutes of the country, viz., NCL, Pune, IISER, Mohali, IISER, Bhubaneswar, IISER, Kolkata IIT Guwahati, Indian Association for Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, NEIST, Jorhat, BITS, Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, etc., besides the students and faculty members from Dibrugarh University.
The Plenary Address on the main theme of the Seminar was presented in the pre- Seminar Session in the morning on March, 10, 2017 by Professor Anil Kumar of NCL, Pune and JC Bose Fellow.
While inaugurating the Two Day Seminar later in the day, Professor Alak K Buragohain, the Vice Chancellor of the University, appreciated the initiative of the Department in organising the Seminar to provide a platform to researchers from several parts of the country to deliberate on the contemporary trends of research in Synthesis and Catalysis. He mentioned about the larger dimensions and significance of research in Synthesis and Catalysis in drug discovery, Medical therapy and in gaining deeper understanding of the communication patterns in signalling pathways and Gene expression regulations in System Biology today. He called for multidisciplinary research approaches in the research in Synthesis and Catalysis by the young researchers from Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Physics and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
In his Key Note Address, Professor Anil Kumar called upon to the young students for deeper engagement in research and to get into the basics of their research areas. In a moving gesture, Professor Kumar announced that he will personally sponsor two awards to the Best papers/ posters in the competition of the University organised every year on the occasion of National Science Day celebration.
Earlier, Professor Pankaj Das, the Head of the Department of Chemistry extended a warm welcome to the distinguished Scientists participating in the two day National Seminar from various institutes and Universities of the country.
Dr. Diganta Sarma, Associate Professor in the Department who was a Ph.D student of Professor Anil Kumar, offered the Vote of Thanks.