Mangaluru, Feb 27: Yenepoya (deemed to be University), on February 27 celebrated the 'National Science Day 2021' by organising a national symposium on the national theme of 'Future of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI): Impacts on Education, Skills and Work' in virtual mode.
The chief guest for the inaugural programme, Venkataramanan Ramachandran, founder and CEO of Karkinos Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, emphasized the need for collaborations between different disciplines on the issues of relevance for national development.
Professor Gururow Tayur, emeritus professor of Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit from the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bengaluru was the guest of honour and delivered the keynote address focusing on the national education policy 2020 and its focus on skill-based education for empowering the new generation of graduates. He also spoke on the importance of empowering the teachers and educational needs to fill the gap between poor and advanced learners; the changing scenario in education and the scope for investments in online teaching tools.
Dr M Vijayakumar, vice-chancellor of Yenepoya (deemed to be University) presided over the inaugural function. In his address, he described the relevance of ASK – Attitude, Skill, and Knowledge, the need for a shift from specialisation to generalisation incorporating multidisciplinary skills. Dr K S Gangadhara Somayaji, registrar; announced the research awards to the department of Community Medicine (highest research output– 2020), department of General Medicine (quality research output – 2020), Yenepoya Technology Incubator (exemplary support for translational research) and Dr Naveen G H, principal of YNYMCH (appreciation award for extramural funding).
The symposium covered four sessions: biological sciences and environment, engineering and material science, emerging ethical issues in STI, and science and technology in health care. These sessions included invited lectures and oral presentations by leading scientists, academicians and researchers. The symposium received an overwhelming response with more than 150 participants from all parts of India and abroad.