Gyanotkarsh: Science and Technology Outreach Program and Exposure Visit inaugurated at UCOST on 6th November 2023.
On 6th November 2023, Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology, UCOST and Higher Education Department, Govt. of Uttarakhand initiated Science and Technology Outreach Program and Exposure Visit, named Gyanotkarsh. Since, Uttarakhand has a large number of research institutions of National and International repute located in Dehradun, students from far-flung areas do not get the opportunity to explore science through these institutions and does not get the opportunity to explore the recent advancement in different streams of science. Also, faculty in remote areas do not get access to reputed journals, research papers, and networking with these research institutes. In this regards the Council is conducting the Science and Technology Outreach Program – Gyanotkarsh (Exposure visit to various Research Institutes located in Dehradun) for the Science Graduate/Postgraduate Students and Faculty of various district of Uttarakhand from 06 Nov 2023 to 09 Nov 2023. Dr Poonam Gupta, Emeritus Scientist, UCOST, delivered the inaugural address and talked about the program and its importance. Dr A. S. Uniyal, Joint Director, Department of Higher Education was the Chief Guest of the event. He talked about the importance if the practical knowledge and skill development activities. Prof. Durgesh Pant, Director General, UCOST said that this outreach program will serve as a connecting link between industries, research institutes and academic institutions. Dr D. P. Uniyal Joint Director UCOST, delivered a detailed presentation on the topic Research Proposals, Paper, Dissertation, Thesis writing and IPR issues. Dr Aparna Sharma, Senior Scientific Officer, UCOST delivered the vote of thanks. Event was coordinated by Kanchan Dobhal, Scientific Officer, UCOST. Students and faculty members from Govt. Degree Colleges of different districts Chandrabadni, Agroda, Tathyud, of Tehri Garhwal, Rikhnikhal, Parui Garhwal, Dehradun and Champawat participated in this event. Staff of UCOST, Regional Science Centre and students & researchers from different colleges were present at this program. Inaugural session was followed by the exposure visits of the students to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd, Dehradun, which was coordinated by Dr D. P. Uniyal, Dr Poonam Gupta, Er Jitendra Kumar and Shri Vikas Nautiyal, UCOST. As a part of this program, Council is organizing the visit of these students to various scientific institutes of National importance situated in Dehradun, Forest Research Institute, CSIR-IIP, ICAR-IISWC, WIHG, ONGC, IIRS-ISRO. Besides this, expert will be delivering lectures on various topics including Research and Development, IPR, Space Science, Agriculture and Forestry etc. This outreach program will help students in shaping their careers.