Ahmedabad: Global complex challenges such as climate change, food security, rise of non-communicable diseases, pollution and growing unemployment can be tackled through science and technology for sustainable future. Sustainability Science, the new approach which deals with sustainable future is essential to lay the foundation for solutions required for above mentioned dynamic challenges.
The role of science and technology in dealing with such challenges was discussed at a curtain raising seminar, ‘Science and Technology for Sustainable Future’ at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), organized by Indrashil University, an educational initiative of Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd. The seminar brought together key stakeholders on a single platform for identifying the gaps that the science & technology needs to fill in to address critical issues.
Shri Bhupendra Chudasama, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Higher & Technical Education, Government of Gujarat was the Chief Guest at the event. Speaking on this occasion, he said “Earlier we had only government universities but now we have total 33 government and private universities. I am sure that Indrashil University with the great vision and capable team will emerge as a premier institution. Science and technology plays a pivotal role in all the sectors where human capital is involved. Science and technology has dramatically changed health, agriculture and industrial sectors in a huge way. We need to think about how we can make our life better with that. Every coin has two sides. Science and technology can bring development as well as destruction. It lies upon us how to take advantage of it. We should find ways how we can progress with the use of science and technology along with preserving nature.”
Dr. Damodar Acharya, Former Director, IIT-Kharagpur and Trustee, Indrashil University said “Indrashil University is a CSR initiative of Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd actively involved in implementing social and philanthropic activities primarily in the fields of education and healthcare. The University is committed to realize its mission through excellence in teaching, research, high quality education and training for students and professionals in the life sciences and allied areas with an objective to prepare them as sector specialists in regional and global arena. The university is first of its kind institution dedicated to Life Sciences with focus on Academics, Research and Innovations.”
Ms. Anju Sharma, IAS, Principal Secretary, Higher & Technical Education, Government of Gujarat was Guest of Honour. Keynote speakers at the event included Dr. T. Ramasami, Former Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India; Dr. Deepak Kunzru, Former Professor, IIT-Kanpur; Dr. Rajesh Gokhale, Former Director, IGIB Staff Scientist, National Institute of Immunology, Dr. D.S. Yadav, Former Director, IICT and Bhatnagar Fellow Trustee & Director of Research, Indrashil University and Dr. Damodar Acharya, Former Direcotr, IIT-Kharagpur.
The seminar attracted around 200 participants from academia, industry, government, research organizations and statutory & professional Bodies.