Srinagar, June 05: The weeklong training program on R&D equipment, 'Material Processing and advanced functional material characterization techniques under STUTI concluded Sunday at National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar.
The workshop is being organized by the Department of Physics and Central Research Facility Centre, NIT Srinagar in association with Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dr. Vijay Kumar was the convener of the workshop.
The valedictory session of the workshop was presided over by the Director NIT Srinagar, Prof. (Dr.) Rakesh Sehgal and was the chief guest on the occasion.
On the occasion, he said conducting workshops on relevant themes is the need of the hour. NIT Srinagar will act as a platform for providing relevant knowledge to people who are involved in research activities.
He also expressed his gratitude to HOD Physics Dr. MA Shah and Dr. Vijay Kumar and the entire team of the department for organizing a successful workshop.
Institute's Registrar, Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari said all sessions of the workshop were an eye-opener for all participants and NIT Srinagar will be organizing such workshops in the future also so that students can get benefited from these initiatives.
The 7th-day session began with the lecture of Prof. Pawan Kumar Kulriya, School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi delivered his lecture on What can we learn from X-ray diffraction? Dr. Kulriya provided detailed insight about the XRD sample preparation, data analysis, and refinement.
It was followed by another lecture by Dr. Saifullah Lone Ramanujan Fellow, Department of Chemistry; NIT Srinagar delivered a lecture on “Bioinspired nano/water interface”. While Dr. Jigneshkumar V. Rohit delivered a lecture on “Use of nano-materials in spectroscopic analysis.
STUTI Coordinator – PMU and Director, SAIF/CIL, Panjab University Prof. G.R. Chaudhary said the workshop was designed for the participants of various institutes across the country.
“Participants were given hands-on training on high-end sophisticated, analytical instrumentation, and expert from various fields delivered their lectures,” he said.
Prof. Chaudhary said the idea of STUTI is to impart hands-on training and access to the science and technology infrastructure present in DST-supported institutes.
In his message, Dr. Sandeep- GJU-SNT (Hisar) and Dr. Rajeev Kumar from Panjab University said such workshops will continue to be organized in upcoming years also.
"In future NIT Srinagar can collaborate with other institutions so that we can gain from each other's experience. We can have a mutual understanding of learning on different technical aspects," they said.
HOD Physics Dr. MA Shah said Department is taking a lead role in organizing scientific summits under the leadership of Prof. Sehgal and his team. We promise to continue it for the benefit of students and young faculty, he said.
Dr. Vijay Kumar presented a detailed report of the 7-day STUTI training program. He mentioned that total of 30 participants from 11 different institutes, and universities participated in the training program representing 8 States/UTs.
“13 eminent speakers delivered the lectures during the 7-day training program to impart participants with the basic knowledge and skills regarding latest research processes and techniques,” he said.
Kumar said the participants were provided hands-on training on sophisticated instruments present in the CRFC (XRD, FE-SEM, Nano Mechanical system, Multi-target sputtering system, WDXRF, Rheometer, Particle size analyzer, and Axis laser Texturing).
He thanked all the resource persons for accepting to share their experiences with the participants. Dr. Kumar appreciated the contribution of Prof. Yogendra Kr. Mishra, the University of Southern Denmark for taking an initiative for conducting a week-long course on such an important and relevant topic.
He also expressed his gratitude to Irfan Ayoub, Nisar, Umer, Aparna Kashyap, Samiksha Gautam, Shabnam, and Kibriya.