Prof. VN Rajasekharan Pialli (Executive Vice President, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment- KSCSTE and President, 24th Kerala Science Congress) inaugurated the 24th Kerala Science Congress today in a simple but august function conducted at the Rubber Research Institute of India campus, at Kottayam.
Prof. VN Rajasekharan Pillai who also delivered the presidential address, lauded the KSCSTE for having chosen Climate Change and Plantation Crops & Spices of Kerala as the special theme of the Congress, as climate change is probably the single largest issue to affect various crops and general environment. As climate change will affect even coming generations, it is essential that methods to confront its effects are developed, he said. Water is the primary medium through which climate change affects the environment. It warrants the need for improved water management to ensure water security, he added. He also read out the message from the Chief Minister in the function. In his message, Chief Minister wished all success to the 24th Kerala Science Congress. He also urged the congress to devote some time to deliberate on ways to create a scientific spirit in every citizen. He appealed to the scientists to focus on the specific needs of the state and to tap into our traditional knowledge base to develop environment friendly and efficient technologies. He also highlighted the importance to develop effective waste disposal methods and to achieve water security, in his message. While stating that government is committed to do everything possible for the scientific and technological development of the state, he informed the function that, apart from having decided to start a Ramanujam Institute for basic science, the government had already given assent to start a wet land research institute to be located at Kottayam. He hoped that the new innovations in science and technology would bring human centred developments by creating a knowledge centred society.
The most important issue is that of finding clean, dependable, sustainable and affordable source of energy. Any discovery that may help in making solar energy practically usable for our common energy needs will be the most welcome achievement of the modern times, he added.
Prof. VN Rajasekharan Pillai presented the Dr. S. Vasudev Award, instituted by KSCSTE for the best research project, to Dr. P. Mohanan (Professor Dept. of Electronics, CUSAT). Three books were also released in the function. The book on the Proceedings of the 24th Science Congress was released by Prof. VN Rajasekharan Pillai by giving the first copy to Smt. Sheela Thomas, Chairman, Rubber Board. The compendium on Climate Change released by Dr. CG Ramachandran (Chairman, 24th KSC), and the first copy was received by Dr. James Jacob (Director, Rubber Research Institute of India). The book Women Achievers in Science was released by Smt. Sheela Thomas by giving its first copy to Smt. BG Sreedevi (Director, NATPAC).
Dr. KK Ramachandran welcomed the gathering and Dr. C Anilkumar (Member Convener, 24th KSC) offered a vote of thanks.
The inaugural session was followed a special theme session on Climate Change and Plantation Crops & Spices of Kerala. The session was chaired by Dr. James Jacob. Eminent scientists working on various crops presented papers.