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Adopt ‘lab to land’ mantra: Vice President to NERIST

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ITANAGAR, June 16: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today advised the scholars of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) near here, to adopt ‘lab to land’ to benefit humanity.

He offered the advice while interacting with the faculty members and research scholars of the first such institute of India that started functioning since July 1986 to meet the technical manpower requirement of the under developed NE region.

The session was marked by numerous queries offered during the PowerPoint presentations of successful research projects by director Prof HS Yadav, Dr Aditi Bhadra and Dr Pradeep Kumar on ‘Green Chemistry Domain’, ‘Impact of Climate Change in Arunachal Pradesh’ and ‘carvacrol Nano Emulsion Against Lung Cancer and Anti-toxin Nano Technology respectively.

Naidu further said that scientific research products should be made people-friendly to benefit the humanity.
“During my 40-year public life since elected as a people’s representative in 1978, I have been touring various research institutions of the nation to find out what benefits they are extending to the society. Whether besides imparting quality education, and publishing papers, they are finding solutions to social problems or not,” The Vice President added.

When research scholar Th Sonia Devi highlighted about a reach outcome involving a Nirjuli resident, 19-km from here where the NERIST is located, the Vice President advised that the farmers having skills cultivating for 50 years and the faculty members having technology if combined together could give the much desired results.
Moreover, such institutes should aim at reducing cost of production, finding methods for value addition, and generating gainful employment, he pointed out.

Prof Yadav earlier highlighted the birth and growth of NERIST adding that the institute is presently providing certificates to PhD courses and has so far produced 60 PhD holders.

Responding to questions, Prof Yadav said that the institute funded by Union MoHRD, generates about Rs 3.5 crore against an annual expenditure of Rs 67 crore. The seats through competitive examinations are allotted at the ratio of 90:10 between the NE states and rest of India.

Among those present on the occasion were Governor Brig (retd) Dr BD Mishra, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Education Minister Honchun Ngandam, chief secretary Satyagopal, DGP SBK Singh and other officers.
After the session, the Vice President left for Lilabari by road thus concluding his maiden two-day sojourn to this Himalayan State.

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