Need to strengthen the interface between researchers, industry and government to translate research into products: Bhatnagar

Srinagar, 06 May: Adviser to the Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, remarked on Friday that there is a need to strengthen the interface between academics, researchers, practitioners, industry and government to translate research into products for the benefit of society as a whole.

The adviser made the comments during the inaugural session of the two-day international conference on “Recent Advances in Biomedical Sciences and Regenerative Medicine (RABSRM 2022) at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology of Cashmere (SKUAST-K) here.

The conference is organized by SKUAST-K in association with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and the University of Kashmir. The conference was held under the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) Programme, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India, which aims to improve the research ecosystem of academic institutions. Higher Education of India in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, GoI and World Bank-ICAR funded the National Agricultural Higher Education Project for Institutional Development of SKUAST-K.

Addressing the large gathering of researchers, postdoctoral fellows and other eminent scholars, Councilor Bhatnagar emphasized that the future lies in research and development as well as science and technology and therefore it is imperative for us to give more impetus to the various aspects of research. . He added that partnerships and collaborations between institutions are necessary at the time to give broad dimensions to research and thus its subsequent translation into the development of society.

Highlighting the importance of the conference, Councilor Bhatnagar said this conference will bring together experts, researchers, young scientists and scholars from around the world to disseminate knowledge from interdisciplinary backgrounds. He added that the knowledge provided by the eminent lecturers and researchers will help foster the culture of research in the field of biomedical sciences and regenerative medicine in the universities of Jammu and Kashmir and across the country.

The Advisor further stated that the conference will provide an opportunity to discuss recent developments in biomedical health and disease research and to foster future directions in drug discovery and therapeutic interventions for the development and delivery. level of medical technologies around the world.

Commending the role of SKUAST-K for its contribution to research, Councilor Bhatnagar said it was gratifying to know about the excellent contribution of this university both nationally and internationally in terms of research, as well as useful applications who as a result. He also commended the university for its immense contribution to the agricultural sector as well as its rapid and significant progress in the implementation of NEP-2020.

Noting the recent developments across J&K, Councilor Bhatnagar said Jammu and Kashmir is on the fast track of growth and development. He pointed out that in recent years, top institutions such as IIT Jammu, IIM Jammu, AIIMS, etc. were established at J&K, which contributes significantly to the development of the education sector here.

The advisor further stated that in the coming years, J&K will become one of the top destinations for higher education across the country.

VC SKUAST-K, Pr Nazir Ahamd Ganai. Professor Ganai, in his address, underscored the importance of the conference in the current scientific era and hoped that it will provide an opportunity to discuss and deliberate on shared issues in related fields concerning the improvement of the life and work of mankind.

Prof. Ashok Kumar of IIT Kanpur who is also the organizer of the conference in his speech highlighted the main outlines of the conference and said that the main themes of the conference include bio-engineering, regenerative medicine , cancer biology, drug design and delivery. , vaccine biology, tissue engineering, biomaterials, molecular therapeutics, animal biotechnology, stem cell and biomarker gene therapy.

SKIMS Director, Dr. Parvaiz Ahmad Koul; senior academicians and department heads from University of Kashmir and SKUAST-K, researchers and PhD students from IIT Kanpur, University of Kashmir and SKUAST-K, students and various other eminent personalities were also occasionally present.