Jamshedpur: National Academy of Sciences, India, (NASI, founded 1930) is all set to open its Jharkhand chapter in Jamshedpur. The senior officials of the academy expressed an urgent need to open a new chapter in Jamshedpur during a meeting held at National Metallurgical Laboratory.
In the meeting the members felt the need for creation of a NASI chapter in Jharkhand and it was unanimously proposed to have the chapter headquarter in Jamshedpur for which detail will be worked out soon.
Prof. Sushanta Dattagupta, vice-president, NASI and vice-chancellor, Visva Bharati University, Shanti Niketan, Prof. M. Firoz Ahmad, vice-chancellor, N.P. University, Palamu; Dr. S. Srikanth, Director, NML; Dr. Neeraj Kumar, Executive Secretary, NASI were present.
Prof. Sushanta Dattagupta highlighted on some of the important agenda of NASI for the cultivation and promotion of S&T throughout the country through its branches and chapters in terms of organising meetings/ workshops and holding discussions on scientific and technological problems and promoting scientific and technological research for societal welfare.
Dr Neeraj Kumar, executive secretary of NASI elaborated on the rules and activities of NASI in general. He said, “The 17 Chapters of the Academy have undertaken a hundreds of activities for the furtherance of the Academy’s objectives. Capacity building has always been a thrust area for NASI.
Special attention would be paid to ensure inclusiveness of women scientists, generate training programme, scholarships to bring more women in science”.
Prof. Sushanta Dattagupta also delivered a popular science lecture on “Diffusion”. Prof. Dattagupta in his talk traced the history of diffusion giving special emphasis on Physical and Stochastic diffusion and its role in basic and applied sciences.