By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 4 Oct: A two-day National Workshop on ‘Indian Designed Cost Effective Raman and Fluorescence Spectroscopy’ began today at the Dolphin (PG) Institute of Biomedical & Natural Sciences, here, in collaboration with RI Instrument & Innovation India, Haldwani. Raman and Fluorescence Spectroscopy find a very important place in the modern era of spectral techniques and from time to time new innovations are being made to make these techniques very cost effective and approachable. Since the Spectrophotometer is a very expensive instrument, the students never get the opportunity to work on it. The indigenous development of upper end scientific analytical instruments in India has always been a big challenge. RI Instruments & Innovation India’s team has proved that with cohesive team work, this is very much possible. RIMS Modular Spectroscopic work station is unique and for the first time introduced by RI Instruments and Innovation India to the world. This machine is capable of measuring parameters like Raman Fluorescence along with absorbance, transmittance, reflectance, irradiance, CRI, spectro electrochemistry, etc. Therefore, it was a unique experience of H-o-T for the students under the guidance of the scientists and engineers from RI Instruments & Innovations and the senior faculty on the indigenously developed Spectrophotometer. The two day workshop was inaugurated this morning in the presence of Dr DK Aswal, Director, CSIR- National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi. In his inaugural address, he said, “We are not getting desired results due to poor standards of calibration and manufacturing of instruments. We are dependent on foreign technology for manufacturing of goods of daily use, defence equipment and even for information technology. The main reason for this problem lies in our education system. The students who pass with good grades do not have basic understanding of the subject. If we do not make drastic changes in our education and social system, we lag behind in the field of technology and science.” He emphasised the need to rise above personal interests and talk about invention and science. Dr Vimal Kothiyal, ADG, ICFRE, Dr Rajendra P Joshi, CEO, RI Instrument & Innovation India, Arvind Gupta, Chairman, DIBNS, Dr Arun Kumar, Convener Workshop, Dr S Pant, Principal, Prof Versha Parcha, Dr Aasheesh Raturi, OS, faculty, guests and about 200 participants from various universities, colleges, GOI and state organisations were present. The Workshop is partly being funded by the Uttarakhand Council of Science & Technology (UCOST) under the “Promoting Indigenous people and Technology Programme”.