Jointly Organized by

 

CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute

 

M.K. Bhavnagar University

Under the aegis of


Gujarat Science Academy

 

Co-Sponsored by

Gujarat Council on

Science & Technology

Physical Research

Laboratory

Institute for Plasma

Research
Gujarat University

Venue: Shree Zhaverchand Meghani Auditorium, Sardarnagar Circle, Bhavnagar


Theme: Science and Technology for Capacity Building & Inclusive Growth: The Role of Academies and Academia


In the 20th century, Science and Technology has substantively improved the quality of human lives through improved health care, extended longevity, rapid transportation, instantaneous communication, efficient illumination and energy systems and an ever increasing knowledge and innovation base. The rapidity of change has been phenomenal and at time, truly mind boggling.


However this quest for overall wellbeing, also witnessed unconcerned exploitation of both renewable and non-renewable natural resources with their attendant environmental impacts. These acts that compromise environmental and resource security now necessitate a look of how the future generations would resource or survive itself.


A recent United Nations report states that India is at a undeserved yet undeniable circumstance to be classified as Water Stressed State (defined as per capita availability of water less than 1,700 m3/year). And, this transition from being Water Rich State at the time of Independence (~ 6000 m3/year) occurred in few decades.


Likewise most other essential resources such as fossil sources, rare earths, precious metals, and minerals are under increasing threat of extinction and depleted ease of availability, both in India and but globally, as well. It is anticipated that future wars will be wars for resources and knowledge and, the key to any Nation's survival will be through the development of well calibrated strategies for cleaner environments, resources optimization and through establishment of a rational, scientifically trained society.


Over the past few decades Indian economy has grown well, largely on account of its IT industry. However, long term sustenance of Nation's growth will accrue only through creation of new innovation and knowledge in Science and Technology. It will be erroneous to base our economy exclusively on service industries that by definition are fragile and temperamental. Further, for an inclusive and a sustainable growth, it is imperative science and technology gets intimately integrated with society through education, such that future generation and society have the capacity and the character, to adapt to new technology and cope up with new challenges.


Thus, Capacity Building in Science and Technology will be cardinal to creating a happy, healthy, and sustainable India. Presently  India invests a bit less than 1% of its GDP in Science and Technology and has a qualified but a meagre professional work force of around 0.2 million. This needs to change both in the supply side and delivery side as well. The challenge will be to augment our skills base in near real time and within the present frame work of science and education administration and resources. While the government supports Science and Technology endeavours and expects that the ‘fruits of the scientific interventions should bring smiles on the faces of our fellow citizens’, there is a need for optimization of resources and efforts with a well designated strategy to create an ecosystem for overall growth of skilled manpower in science and technology and a scientific temper in the society. Only then the vision, of ‘quality science to deliver quality solutions’ would be realized.  


Gujarat Science Academy (GSA) has been associated for more than three decades in such capacity building in Science & Technology through various means and has been expanding the activities over the years. With this back drop and under the aegis of GSA, the XXXII Gujarat Science Congress – 2018, organized jointly by CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute and Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University at Bhavnagar, would discuss, dwell and debate on the opportunities, directions, gateways, and strategies for 21st Century Capacity Building in Science & Technology for Inclusive Growth. GSC-2018 will thus discuss on the preeminent role and societal responsibilities of academies and academia on this endeavour in Nation building.


About CSIR-CSMCRI


CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSIR-CSMCRI; www.csmcri.res.in), one of the constituent laboratories of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, inaugurated by Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 10th April, 1954 has been pioneering its research on salt, marine chemicals, water desalination and purification, seaweed biology and biotechnology and their value generation, inorganic materials for diverse applications ranging from catalysis, diagnostics, and separations, and wasteland development (including coastal land) backed up by state-of-art analytical services and instrumentation, process engineering, information technology, and  knowledge resource centre. The mission of CSIR-CSMCRI and its people is to work in partnership with visionary sponsors and collaborators to generate the knowledge and technologies backed by innovations to address focused needs of industries, organizations and society at large in the region and beyond.


About MK Bhavnagar University


Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University, spread over 3 campuses, provides training in Sciences, Medicine, Commerce, Arts and Humanities to students of the region through 20 Post Graduate departments, 4 constituent and 100+ affiliated colleges including five national recognized centres. About 35000 students from this region are affiliated with the university. Some of the major research areas on which the University have left its marks namely magnetic fluids, nano science, astronomy, electronics, organic and medicinal chemistry, polymer and environmental chemistry, marine and coastal ecology, bioremediation, exteremophiles, population zoology, economics of higher education, Gujarati language, literature, folk lore and cultural studies. This led to recognition of teachers and students through national and international awards/fellowships. The University also offers facilities for sports and cultural activities that brought laurels at national and international events.


About GSA


Gujarat Science Academy (GSA), established in 1978, is a premier academic organization comprising eminent scientists of Gujarat in all spheres of science and engineering. At present, GSA has 290 Fellows and Associate Fellows, besides ordinary members. Gujarat Science Congress is held annually in different parts of Gujarat. GSA activities include improvements of science education; new directions in research; training programs for students and teachers; outreach counselling; recognition of outstanding teachers, students and lecture awards for scientists of distinction. 


Important Dates


Submission of abstracts : 12th Jan. 2018

Notification of acceptance : 15th Jan. 2018
Last date for registration, transfer of registration fee and request for accommodation : 19th Jan. 2018

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Highlights of the Congress


-: Speakers :-

Padma Vibhushan

Prof. M.M. Sharma, FRS

Prof Abhijit Pandya, Dean, Florida Atlantic University, USA

Dr. Anil Bhardwaj, Director, PRL, Ahmedabad

Prof S.Shashidhara,

IISER, Pune

Prof. Dinakar Kanjilal,

Director, IUAC, Delhi

Dr.Girish Sahni,

Director General, CSIR

Dr. Ajit Sapre, Group President R&T, Reliance Industries Limited

Prof. A.M. Vaidya, (Retd.), Department of Mathematics, Gujarat University

Prof. Saurav Pal,

Director, IISER, Kolkata

Dr. K.S.Yajnik, Honorary Professor, CSIR 4PI, Bengaluru

Prof. Arun Kumar Dave, Lok Bharti Gram Vidyapith, Vignan Bhavan, Gujarat

 

 

Name of the Speaker Title of the Presentation

Inaugural Lecture by

Padma Vibhushan   Prof. Man Mohan Sharma, FRS

The crucial role of basic sciences for inventions leading to innovations

SR Thakore Memorial Lecture,

Prof. Abhijit Pandya, Dean, Florida Atlantic University, USA

Intelligent systems and their impact on the future of mankind

Lunar and Planetary Science Society's Endowment Lecture,

Prof. A. Bhardwaj, Director, PRL, Ahmedabad

Space sciences and planetary exploration program 

Dr. A. S. Divatia Memorial Lecture

Prof. Dinakar Kanjilal, Director, IUAC, Delhi

Modern ion accelerators and their use in research and industry
Invited Speakers at GSC-2018
Prof. Sourav Pal, Director, IISER, Kolkata

Chemical science frontiers and innovation: High science and translation

Prof. L.S. Shashidhara, IISER, Pune    

Science education and research for the 21st century India

Dr. Kirit S. Yajnik, Honorary Scientist, CSIR 4PI, Bengaluru
Decadal scale variations in climate
Prof. A. M. Vaidya (Retd.), Department of Mathematics, Gujarat University

The Impact of Professor P. C. Vaidya on Mathematics Education in Gujarat

Prof.  Arun Kumar Dave, Lok Bharti Gram Vidyapith, Vignan Bhavan, Gujarat
વિકાસની ગુરુચાવી વૈજ્ઞાનિક અભિગમ (Master key in developing scientific approach)
Evening Public Lecture
Dr. Girish Sahni, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi
Awaited
Dr. Ajit V. Sapre, Group President R&T, Reliance Industries Limited, Mumbai
Industry’s Expectations from Academies and Academic Institutions

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Schedule


Feb 4, 2018 DAY 1

08:00-09:30 Registration
09:30-10:15 Inauguration & Opening Address
10:15-10:25 Felicitations to Prof. Abhijit Sen and Prof. A.M. Vaidya
10:25-10:35 GSA-Teacher Awards for Under Graduate & Post Graduate Teachers & Prof. P. A. Pandya Best Teacher Awards
10:35-11:20

Inaugural Lecture-cum-Address Padma Vibhushan Prof. Man Mohan Sharma, FRS - The crucial role of basic sciences for inventions leading to innovations

11:20-11:25 Vote of Thanks
11:25-11:45 High Tea

Session – 1

Chair:  Dr. Amitava Das                                 Co-Chair: Prof. K.N. Joshipura

11:45-12:20

SR Thakore Memorial Lecture - Prof. Abhijit Pandya, Dean, Florida Atlantic University, USA - Intelligent systems and their impact on the future of mankind

12:20-12:55

Lunar and Planetary Science Society's Endowment Lecture - Prof. A. Bhardwaj, Director, PRL, Ahmedabad - Space sciences and planetary exploration program

12:55-13:30

Invited Lecture 1 - Prof. L.S. Shashidhara, IISER, Pune - Science education and research for the 21st century India           

13:30-14:30

Lunch

Session – 2

Chair:    Prof. Shobana Menon                        Co-Chair: Prof. S.P. Bhatnagar

14:30-15:05

Dr. A. S. Divatia Memorial Lecture –  Prof. Dinakar Kanjilal, Director, IUAC, Delhi - Modern ion accelerators and their use in research and industry

15:05-16:30

Poster Session

16:30-17:00

Tea with Poster Session

Session – 3

Chair: Dr. A.K. Singhvi  

17:00-18:00

Public Evening Lecture 1 - Dr. Girish Sahni, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi -

18:00-19:00

Public Evening Lecture 2 – Dr. Ajit V. Sapre, Group President R&T, Reliance Industries Limited, Mumbai – Industry’s Expectations from Academies and Academic Institutions

19:30-21:00

Cultural Program

20:00-22:00

Congress Dinner

Feb 5, 2018 DAY 2

Session – 4

Chair:  Prof. Shailesh Zala                            Co-Chair: Prof. P.N. Gajjar

09:30-10:00

Invited Lecture 2 - Prof. A. M. Vaidya (Retd.), Department of Mathematics, Gujarat University - The impact of Professor P. C. Vaidya on mathematics education in Gujarat

10:00-10:30

Invited Lecture 3 - Prof. Sourav Pal, Director, IISER, Kolkata - Chemical science frontiers and innovation: High science and translation

10:30-11:00

Invited Lecture 4 - Dr. Kirit S. Yajnik, Honorary Scientist, CSIR 4PI, Bengaluru - Decadal scale variations in climate

11:00-11:30

Tea with Networking

Session – 5

Chair: Prof. L.M. Manocha                               Co-Chair: Prof. N.K. Jain

11:30-12:00

Invited Lecture 5 - Prof.  Arun Kumar Dave, Lok Bharti Gram Vidyapith, Vignan Bhavan, Gujarat -વિકાસની ગુરુચાવી વૈજ્ઞાનિક અભિગમ (Master key in developing scientific approach)

12:00-13:30

Charusat Best Ph.D. Thesis Award Presentations & Prof. M.P. Patel Best Ph.D Thesis in Geology Award Presentation

13:30-14:30

Lunch

Session – 6

Dr. A.K. Singhvi, Prof. Shobana Menon, Prof. P.N. Gajjar; Awards Presentation by Prof. Shailesh Zala and Dr. Amitava Das  & Conclusions

14:30-16:00

Poster Session

16:00-16:15

Tea

16:15-17:15

Valedictory Function - Awards Presentations & Conclusions

17:15-17:30

High Tea

17:30-18:30

General Body Meeting (For GSA Fellows/Associate Fellows and Members)

 

Organizing Committee


Patron

:

Dr. Amitava Das, Director, CSIR-CSMCRI
Prof. Shailesh Zala, Vice Chancellor, MK Bhavnagar University

 

Convenor

:

Dr. Kannan Srinivasan, CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar
Prof. S.P. Bhatnagar, MK Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar

 

 

 

Secretary

:

Dr. Divesh N. Srivastava, CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar
Prof. Nisarg K Bhatt, MK Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar

 

Treasurer

:

Dr. P.S. Subramanian, CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar

 

 

Dr. Kamlesh Prasad, CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar

 

 

 

 

Local Organizing Committee

 

CSIR-CSMCRI
Dr. E. Suresh 
Dr. Sandhya Mishra
Dr. Puyam S. Singh
Dr. S. Adimurthy
Dr. Amit Bhattacharya
Dr. Ramavtar Meena
Dr. Arup Ghosh
Dr.  K.B. Pandey
Dr. B. Ganguly 
Dr. Avinash Mishra
Dr. Sandip Vaniya
Mr. M.P. Makwana

 

MK Bhavnagar University
Prof. N.C. Desai
Prof. Bharti P. Dave
Dr. I.R. Gadhvi
Dr. M.M. Trivedi
Dr. Mayuri M. Pandya
Mr. S.R. Dwivedi
Dr. Vedant U. Pandya (OSD, Registrar)


GSA Executive Council

 

President

:

Prof. A.K. Singhvi

Members

:

Prof. A.R. Jani

Vice President

:

Prof. Shobhana K. Menon

 

 

Prof. S.R. Dave

 

 

Prof. K.N. Joshipura

 

 

Prof. Nilesh Bhatt

Secretary

:

Prof. P.N. Gajjar

 

 

Dr. Narottam Sahoo

Additional Secretary

:

Prof. N.K. Jain

 

 

Prof. S.A. Bhatt

Treasurer

:

Prof. T.C. Pandya

 

 

Prof. Mihir Joshi

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Dr. Kannan Srinivasan

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Datta Madamwar


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Registration Fees


Registration fee will cover conference kit, tea or coffee, lunch and dinners during the conference.


  • UG and PG Students: ₹ 600/-
  • Project Fellows/Ph.D Students: ₹ 1000/-
  • Faculty/Post-docs of Academia & Research Institutions: ₹ 2000/-
  • Industry and others: ₹ 5000/-
  • Spot registration: Add 10% of the registration fee
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    Click to Download Registration Form

     

    Click to Download Brochure

     

    Abstract Submission


    Abstract in the format not exceeding 200 words prescribed bellow can be sent through email - gsc2018@csmcri.res.in

    Click to Download Abstract Template

     

    Poster size : 47 inch × 30 inch (h×w)

     

    List of Accepted Abstracts for Poster presentation

     

     


    Awards for Exceptional Posters


    Individual awards will be given in the following themes

  • Life, Pharmacy, Medical and Forensic Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, IT
  • Physics and Material Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
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    Accommodation


    Accommodation (₹ 500/day) at nearby hotel/guest house will be arranged on first come first served basis and on advance payment. Please send your request at gsc2018@csmcri.res.in

     

    Sponsorship

     

    (₹ In Lakhs)
    Lead Sponsor
    : > 2.0 (Max. – 2)
    Platinum sponsor
    : 2.0
    Gold sponsor
    : 1.5
    Silver sponsor
    : 1.0

     

    Lead sponsors benefits


    • Full page color advertisement in the Proceedings or Brochure in the front/back cover page
    • 8 delegates of your own including the complimentary delegates of any category
    • Exhibition workspace of ~20 x 10 sq ft

    Platinum sponsors benefits


    • Full page color advertisement in the Proceedings or Brochure
    • 6 delegates of your own including the complimentary delegates of any category
    • Exhibition workspace of ~15 x 10 sq ft

    Gold sponsors benefits


    • Full page color advertisement in the Proceedings or Brochure
    • 3 delegates of your own including the complimentary delegates of any category

    Silver sponsors benefits


    • Full page B&W advertisement in the Proceedings or Brochure
    • 2 delegates of your own including the complimentary delegates of any category

    Full page B&W advertisement in the Proceedings or Brochure - ₹0.50 lakh
    Half-page B&W advertisement in the Proceedings or Brochure - ₹0.25 lakh


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    Contact Us

     

    Dr. Kannan Srinivasan, CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar : gsc2018@csmcri.res.in
    Dr. Divesh N. Srivastava, CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar
    Prof. S.P. Bhatnagar, MK Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar
    Prof. Nisarg K Bhatt, MK Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar

     

    Reaching Bhavnagar


    Nearest airport: Bhavnagar / Ahmedabad / Vadodara; 200 Km by road to reach Bhavnagar from Ahmedabad/Vadodara
    Nearest railway station: Bhavnagar / Ahmedabad / Vadodara  
    GSRTC/Luxury buses are available from Ahmedabad / Vadodara to reach Bhavnagar (~4-5 hours; For more details see www.csmcri.res.in)

     

    Logistics and Transportation


    Transport arrangements from various pickup points in Bhavnagar to venue and back will be arranged.