Aligarh: The inauguration of a week-long event took place on May 6 at the Physics Department of AMU under the “Synergic Training Program Using Science and Technology Infrastructure (STUTI)” supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. The STUTI program provides a hands-on training program and awareness of state-of-the-art equipment and sharing while ensuring seamless access to S&T facilities. As part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations, the training program, scientific lectures, demonstrations and practical training sessions are to be organized for the benefit of faculty members/researchers/scientists between May 6 and May 12 .
At the inauguration of the ceremony, guest of honour, Dr. SK Varshney (adviser and head of the division of international cooperation, DST), spoke of: “Science is useful for the improvement of society” and explained how effective tools can be developed for the scientific development of the country. He also informed that the Indian government is making every effort and encouraging young people to create startups that can benefit society as a whole.
It also published the week-long program brochure; Dr Varshney shared the Indian government’s initiatives to make maximum use of available equipment. In his keynote lecture titled “Art of Effective Project Writing”, he highlighted tips for effective project writing to recoup funds from funding agencies.
The guest of honour, Prof. M Mohsin Khan (Head of Finance, AMU) recounted the importance of physics in the field of science and society in general and underlined the difficulty in raising funds from various agencies for educational institutions for scientific projects.
The guest of honour, Professor M Ashraf (Dean, Faculty of Science), spoke of the need for such training programs for the benefit of young researchers. He asked the participants to use this training for their research work.
Professor BP Singh (Head of Physics Department) in his welcome speech highlighted the importance of training programs and shared the details of the STUTI program
In another session, Professor Singh delivered a lecture on the subject of “The Interaction of Nuclear Radiation with Matter”, where he highlighted how radiation can be identified and its properties can be determined not only for basic research but also for medical applications.
Dr. M Wasi Khan introduced DST’s STUTI initiative to the audience and students and discussed its main features and components. Dr. Jai Prakash presented a vote of thanks and convened all the activities undertaken under STUTI in the department.
The last session was dedicated to “hands-on training activities” through familiarization of scientific equipment and demonstration as per Indian government guidelines.