FROM A CORRESPONDENT
DOOMDOOMA, March 21: In view of UN declaring 2015 as Intertiol Year of Light (IYL), the Mathematics and the Philosophy departments of Tinsukia Women's College in collaboration with Society for Laser and Optical Science, Dibrugarh, organized a two-day tiol conference on the topic Role of Optics and Philosophy in Environment Protection recently with a view to 'initiating a scientific referendum among the galaxy of great scientists and philosophers and the research scholars on environment protection.'
The conference was held in honour of Dr G. D. Baruah, an intertioly renowned Optical Scientist, who adorned the chair of Sectiol President of Physics at the 85th session of Indian Science Congress held at Hyderabad and got underway on March 10 with lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Chief-Guest Dr. Rajpal S Sirohi, Ex-Director, I.I.T., Delhi and Professor of Eminence, 'Bharat Rat Gopith Bordoloi Chair', Tezpur University. Dr Rajib Bordoloi, Principal, Tinsukia Women's College, who presided over the iugural ceremony welcomed the guests. Besides offering felicitation to Dr G. D. Baruah, a special issue of "Asian Jourl of Physics" edited by Prof. Vinod Rastogi, president of Indian Spectroscopy Society and Dr K. P. Rajappan ir, visiting scientist, Hannover University, Germany was also released in his honour. Mr Rupam Saikia, Director, College Development Council, Dibrugarh University also addressed the gathering.
The Chief-Guest, Dr Rajpal S Sirohi delivered the key-note address of the iugural meeting on "Role of Optics and Philosophy in Environment Protection." Dwelling on the subject elaborately, he said the objective is to highlight the importance of light and light based technologies to our own wellbeing and future of the human society. Dr K P Rajappan ir, another invited distinguished Scientist, delivered a speech on "Frontiers in Microwave Spectroscopy." In his speech ir said that Intertiol Year of Light(IYL) was 'a global initiative adopted by the United tions to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustaible development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health'.
The conference was divided into seven technical sessions including one joint session on both days, where thirteen participants from Physics and twenty from Philosophy read out research papers . A poster session was also held in the afternoon of the first day, where twelve from Physics and ten from Philosophy presented posters on environment protection. A souvenir "Veekshya" edited by Uttam Duorah and an abstract of the research papers were also published on the occasion. In the valedictory function on the concluding day, the chief-guest Dr R S Siroi highly appreciated the organising committee for organising such a tiol semir in the honour of a distinguished scientist.