Monday, June 25, 2007


Inaugural day seminar focussed on environment concerns and global warming
The ozone hole that is gradually increasing in size may bring in more disasters if proper corrective steps are not initiated at the earliest: Padma Bhushan Dr AP Mitra
GANGTOK: The scientific temperament was high at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technological Sciences (SMIT), Majhitar today during the science camp for school children from the North Eastern States which was organised in collaboration with the Bose Institute (Darjeeling campus).
The camp will include open interactive lectures by eminent scientists on the topics of general science interest. The events are being coordinated by Prof (Dr.) RK Jha, Head, Department of Physics and Prof (Dr.) RN Bera, Head of the Department, Electronics, will be actively involved in collaborative research with Bose Institute.
Today on the inaugural day, a day long seminar on crucial issues of classical science including environmental issues was organised which was attended by about 250 students from all over the North east, including those from neighbouring areas of Kalimpong and Darjeeling, including Sikkim.
In his welcome speech, Professor A Chaudhary, Dean of Academics, SMIT, said the aim of the programme was to involve students in scientific activities like environmental concerns.
Various presentations on several topics including nucleus, atoms, universe, optic rays, Ozone depletion etc. were also part of the seminar.
Dr. AP Mitra, FRS, Ex-Director to General Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, in his presentation on ‘The ozone story: a disaster averted’, brought into the notice how rapidly the ozone layer is being getting depleted due to tremendous rise in Chloro Fluro Carbon and other environment pollutants.
Dr. Mitra informed that if protective measures are not initiated at the earliest, the aftermath of ozone depletion will have its effect in the form of skin cancers and other similar diseases. He apprised the students about mechanism of the formation of the ozone layer. Expressing his concern over the matter he added, “The ozone hole which is gradually increasing in size may bring in more disasters if proper remedial steps are not initiated”.
Dr. Mitra’s major works had been in the field of earth’s near space environment, through ground- based and space techniques. He has also been the driving force of the Indian programme of the International Geophysical Year 1957-58, International Quiet Sun Year (1964-65) and Middle Atmosphere in the eighties and IGBP in the nineties.
Dr Mitra has also initiated researches on Ionospheric Physics at the National Physical Laboratory. He introduced Tropospheric Radio Research in India during the early seventies and is known for his immense contribution in improving radio communication capabilities of the country.
Sambhu Singh (IAS), CSIR, New Delhi made power point presentations on ‘Global climate changes and agriculture’ and expressed deep concern over rapid global warming. Informing the students that the global warming is a result of reckless felling of trees, he urged every student to plant saplings in order to stop further global warming.
“As a result of global warming, numerous glaciers are in the verge of melting that in itself is not a good indicator”, Mr Singh said. He pointed out that adverse climatic changes have severely affected cultivation and the agricultural production during the last few decades. Dr Amlendu Bandhopadhaya, renowned astronomer cum Ex-Director of Positional Astronomy Centre, Kolkata also made his presentations on astronomy and its aspects.
A lively interactive session was also held during the seminar today wherein queries of the students were diligently answered by resource persons. Earlier, the inaugural speech was placed by Professor Sibaji Raha, Director of Bose Institute, Kolkata.