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India leads in space science: Prof Anil Bhardwaj

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By Our Staff Reporter 

Dehradun, 6 Nov: On the second day of the two-day conference on the Akash Tatva in Uttaranchal University, today, various topics were discussed, such as the impact of modern technology and lifestyle on the sky, techniques to understand the sky, reduce pollution, preserve the sky element and make development sustainable.

Initiating the lectures on the first day, Professor J Shukla of George Mason University, USA, explained in detail climate change and forecasting of weather. In the first session, DRDO Scientist Ankush Kohli spoke on the far-reaching effects of modifications in the atmosphere and many geo-based technologies on India.

NASA scientist Dr N Gopal Swamy described in detail the research happening around the world on the Sun and its effects on the Earth. Prof Dr Nandita Srivastava of PRL, Udaipur, explained the methods of viewing the Sun from the Earth with the help of different telescopes and analysing the data obtained.
On the basis of research related to air pollution in the whole country, especially in Delhi, Prof Mukesh Sharma of IIT Kanpur described different methods of limiting carbon emissions. For this, the dust of roads, pollution from vehicles, houses factories would have to be prevented from going into the sky.
Prof Mukesh Khare of IIT Delhi focused on the need to take the concept of clean air and clear sky to all. Prof SK Dhaka of Delhi University presented on aerosol abundance and suggested improvements. Prof Suvinoy Das of IIA stressed on combining science and Indian philosophy. Dr TB Murali Vallavam, Director, MIM Kuttikanan, also briefed the participants on the various dimensions of the sky.
Dr Anil Bhardwaj, Director, NPL Ahmedabad, while highlighting the works of Vikram Sarabhai, said that India is keeping an eye on the movements going on in the sky. After launching the first satellite, Aryabhata in 1975, India made rapid strides in space science and set up its own launch centres. In the future, it is going to develop its own technology to study the planet Venus and the Sun.
In the last technical session, Prof Dr Rama Jayasundar of AIMS New Delhi, Prof Amit Garg of IIM Ahmedabad and Dr Madhulika presented their views on Continuous, Adaptive and Reduction Measurement.
Speaking at the concluding session of the seminar, Bhaiyaji Joshi said that they had learnt and experienced many new things during this seminar.

Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood, Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India, expressed his thanks for the cooperation in making this seminar a success. Prof Rajesh S Gokhale, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Sumit Mishra of Vigyan Bharati, Dr M Ravichandran, Secretary, Department of Earth Sciences, and Dr Shantanu Bhatwadekar, Director ISRO were present at this session.
On this occasion, Chancellor, Uttaranchal University, Jitendra Joshi, Vice President, Uttaranchal University, Dr Satbir Sehgal, Vice Chancellor, Uttaranchal University, Dr Dharam Buddhi, Executive Director, Uttaranchal University, Abhishek Joshi, Dean, Student Welfare, and SLA, Dr Shravan Kumar, V Satish, Praveen Ramdas, Dr Sameer Saran, Prof Durgesh Pant, Dr RP Singh, Prof KD Purohit, Prof Hemvanti Nandan, Dr Devi Prasad Uniyal, Pushkar Kala, Prof Anita Rawat, Prof HC Purohit, Prof YP Sundriyal, Prof Rachna Nautiyal, Dr Narendra Rawat, RP Nautiyal, Jaimal Negi, Ramprakash Painyuli, Prof Kuldeep Rawat, Dr Shishir Prasad, Dr Vijendra, Amit Pokhriyal, Dr Lokesh Joshi, Dr Deependra Tripathi, etc., were present. In this exhibition and seminar, more than 1500 students and public from universities, colleges and institutions from all over India participated.