Highlight: PM MODI MET THREE NOBEL LAUREATES AFTER INAUGURATING THE INDIAN SCIENCE
Explaining that discoveries cannot be planned or engineered, nobel laureate Professor Thomas C Sudhof underlined that how science was an important factor in understanding and treating the diseases of the brain. Professor Thomas C Sudhof, a German-American biochemist from the Department of Molecular, Cellular, Physiology and by courtesy in Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University said, “Discoveries cannot be planned or engineered”. From sharing vital inputs about the discoveries of nobel laureates to the contribution of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), to academicians sharing their views on academic regulatory bodies, the day one of 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University, Phagwara saw exchange of views on major subjects. The event was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met the three Nobel Laureates namely Professor Thomas C. Sudof, Professor Hershko and Professor Duncan Haldane for a brief period after inaugurating the Indian Science Congress. The five day event would conclude on January 7. In his address on research in Neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimers, where the brain shrinks, Professor Thomas C Sudhof, who was known for his study of synaptic transmission explained the complexity of the human brain. “The relation of science to innovation was not direct for classical problems, it was indirect”, he said
During the second session professor Avram Hershko, a Hungarian born Israeli biochemist and a nobel laureate in Chemistry spoke about the Ubiquitin- a protein that marks other protein for degradation. He especially pinpointed lessons from his life in science, hence emphasizing that it was very important to have a good mentor. Professor Avram Hershko had won a nobel prize in Chemistry for the discovery of production of protein for vascular diseases like cancer. Urging the young minds to explore the world, he said, “Never leave bench work, and you shall continue to get a lot of excitement and fun.” The day one saw a plenary on futuristic Defence Technologies was held, where Dr G Satheesh Reddy, secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) shared that soldiers would now get improved versions of bullet proof jackets and fire fighting costumes. “Earlier the bullet proof jackets did not properly cover the upper body of the soldiers, now it would cover the waist 360 degree. Even the weight of the bullet proof jackets was reduced to around 5 kg as compared to the previous 10 kg. This would ensure easy movement of body for the soldiers”, he said. Dr Reddy also said that the soldiers could wear the improved fire fighting costumes in deep fire cases. Notably, the DRDO had handed over its technology to a defence firm to manufacture bullet proof jackets for the armed forces to a Kanpur based private firm MKU Ltd. The other key speakers included Dr Samir V Kamat, Director General (Naval Systems & Materials) DRDO who spoke about materials technologies for future defence systems, Dr AK Singh, Director General (Life Sciences) DRDO who shared light on evolving landscape in life sciences.
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