Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research


4th Winter Science Camp for School Children


Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University

December 26 - 30, 2011


Event Mgt. Committee








Professor Kannan delivers 4th SMVDU Colloquium in SMVDU
5 day INSPIRE Camp completes 3rd day


Katra May 30: Prof V Kannan, Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad delivered the 4th SMVDU colloquium here today as a part of the 3rd Department of Science & Technology, GOI sponsored Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (ISPIRE) Science Internship Camp which is underway in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University since May 28th, 2011. Prof. Kannan while addressing over 500 young attendees of camp emphasized on various application areas of Mathematics. Prof. Kannan is a renowned mathematician and scholar. He is a fellow of Fellow of Indian National Science Academy and Fellow of National Academy of Sciences. He is currently the Editor of INSA’s Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics. As UGC National Lecturer, has delivered invited lectures in Mathematics in more than 100 institutions through the country. Apart form his love for mathematics he a scholar of Sanskrit language and a poet. He has received several awards and recognitions some of which include, UGC National Lecturer (1985-86), President, Indian Mathematical Society (1992-93), Totadri Iyengar Award for Excellence in Mathematics, ISCA Srinivasa Ramanujan Award (from the Prime Minister of India) (2006), Gnana Nidhi (from Academy of Sanskrit Research, Melkote) (2007), Rahasyartha Kovida (from Srirangam Srimad Andavan Asramam), Vidvat Vinodi (from Sri Hayagreeva Vidya Peetam), Ramanujan Award (from Ramachandrapuram) (2009), ISCA Platinum Jubilee Lecture Award (1994) are among the most prominent.

Earlier during the proceedings of the INSPIRE Camp Prof. J. V. Narlikar, Emeritus Professor and founder IUCAAP, Pune delivered 3rd SMVDU Colloquium titled “Cosmic Illusions”. Prof. Nalrlikar said that there are illusions in space analogous to the ones that can be witnessed around us. He introduced the participants to the concept of bending of light due to gravity and spoke about the historical foundations of the same. He emphasized on the illusions created by different large cosmic bodies due to the gravitational convergence of light and creation of multiple images of objects in space. These hypothesizes were also supported by simple illustrations to make the students understand its importance and creation of interest in the subject. Prof. Narlikar distinguished himself at Cambridge University with the Smith’s Prize in 1962 and the Adams Prize in 1967. In 1988 he was invited by the University Grants Commission as Founder Director to set up the proposed Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA). Under his direction IUCAA has acquired a world-wide reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching and research in astronomy and astrophysics. Narlikar is internationally known for his work in cosmology, in championing models alternative to the popularly believed big bang model. He has received several national and international awards and honorary doctorates. He is a Bhatnagar awardee, as well as recipient of the M.P. Birla award, the Prix Janssen of the French Astronomical Society and an Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society of London. He is Fellow of the three national science academies as well as of the Third World Academy of Sciences. Apart from his scientific research, Narlikar has been well known as a science communicator through his books, articles, and radio/TV programmes. For these efforts, he was honoured by the UNESCO in 1996 with the Kalinga Award. Narlikar was decorated Padmabhushan in 1965, at the young age of 26. In 2004 he was awarded Padmavibhushan.

The camp took of with a INSPIRE expository lecture by Prof. R.N.K. Bamezai, Vice chancellor of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. His talk was based on recent developments in the area of Human Genomics, titled “Why we are different? Or are we same?” With the advent of modern biology, supported by technological developments and innovations, the importance of genomic variations and its functional implications as a risk factor, especially in human diseases, has become apparent. What used to be an abstract concept of an inherent reason being transmitted down the generation to shape as a risk factor for inflicting a disease, has started unfolding itself with the development of understanding of the subject of Human Genetics and Genomics.





Second DST Sponsored Science Camp Concludes at



Prof Bamezai for more such camps across the state



Katra June 29: The Second five day, Department of Science & Technology (DST), GOI sponsored ?Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)?, Science Internship Camp concluded today. While addressing the gathering of over 650 people Prof. R.N.K.Bamezai, Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University said that INSPIRE is a small step and if taken seriously it can transform our country in foreseeable future. He said that it is not constant exposure that matters, sometimes, it is just one initiative or a drop here and there that can make a whole lot of difference. He said that INSPIRE has all the elements to help motivate the younger generation, and to transform them into capable human resource in S&T. Inventions often happen by chance, however that does not mean that students should not organize themselves. Professor Bamezai thanked all the eminent scientists and academicians who had come to mentor the students in the camp from allover the country. 

Speaking during the valedictory function, Prof A K Susheela, Executive Director, Fluorosis Foundation, New Delhi summed up the camp and said that she has not seen such a well structured and well organized scientific programme. She appreciated the enthusiasm shown by the attendees of the camp who had assembled in SMVDU, representing all most all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir Divisions. Prof Susheela appreciated the organizers of the camp for inviting the best brains in science as mentors. She was all praises for the strides that have been taken by the University towards the societal development.

Dr R. A Vishwakarma, Director, IIIM, Jammu said that the Indian scientific setup requires collaborative working in large numbers to tackle some of the challenging problems in science. Seeing such a large number of creative students, he said that after attending the camp in SMVDU he is confident that the future of Science in our state and country is bright. Prof A. Adimurthi, CAM, TIFR, Bangalore stressed the need to increase the duration of such camps beyond five days. He said that he was impressed with the creativity of the students of this camp, and expressed his desire to come back to SMVDU for such activities in future as well.

The Camp had started on June 25, 2010. INSPIRE is an innovative programme of DST with an objective to communicate to the young attendees the excitement of creative pursuits of Science, attract talent to the study of Science at an early stage and build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding Science and Technology system in R&D base. The camp is meant for the top 1% performers in class 10th board examination, who are presently pursuing Science in XI and XII standard. All students will be hosted on SMVDU Campus and given a chance to listen and interact with invited Fellows of various Science Academies, Awardees and Scientists of National and International repute through lectures and interactive sessions.

 Dr. S. K. Wanchoo, Coordinator, INSPIRE, SMVDU expressed his satisfaction over the successful conduct and culmination of the camp and said that SMVDU is committed to continue its charter of activities in this area. Vote of thanks was proposed by Ar. Sumant Sharma from SALD, SMVDU.




Sponsored By :

  • A Program of
    Department of Science and Technology
    Government of India Initiative