Mangaluru: National Science Day 2021 Yenepoya (Deemed to be University), celebrated “National Science Day 2021” by organising an online National Symposium on the theme of “Future of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI): Impacts on Education, Skills and Work” on 27th February 2021.
The chief guest for the inaugural program, Venkataramanan Ramachandran, Founder and CEO, Karkinos Healthcare Pvt Ltd., Mumbai, emphasized the need for collaboration between different disciplines on issues of relevance for national development.
The Guest of Honour, Gururow Tayur, Emeritus Professor, Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore delivered the Keynote address focusing on the national education policy 2020 and its emphasis on skill-based education for empowering the new generation of graduates. He also spoke on the importance of empowering teachers and providing educational support to fill the gap between poor and advanced learners; the changing scenario in education and the scope for investments in online teaching tools.
Presiding over the inaugural function, M Vijayakumar, Vice-Chancellor of Yenepoya (Deemed to be University) addressed the symposium describing the relevance of ASK – Attitude, Skill, and Knowledge, the need for a shift from specialisation to generalisation uniting 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 GH, Principal, YNYMCH (Appreciation award for extramural funding).
The symposium covered four sessions: biological sciences and environment, engineering and material sciences, 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.