Srinagar, Apr 13 UNI | 4 months ago

Asserting that there is a need for technology integration and achieving excellence, former president and Bharat Ratna award winner Dr APJ Abdul Kalam inaugurated a four day International Conference on 'Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease Processes', organised by University of Kashmir.

Referring to the topic of the conference, Dr Kalam spoke at length on the theory of unity of nature and explained how Life Science Engineering had come close to Rocket Science. Speaking about the need for technology integration and the need to achieve excellence, he said that DNA, Virus, Bacteria are interconnected. Dr Kalam appreciated the University's initiative of organising this International Conference and hoped that the outcome of the discussions among the scientists will contribute towards controlling the spread of dreaded diseases.

Chancellor of University of Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, in his Presidential Address, spoke about the inter-connectivities between Life Science and other Sciences.

Urged the participating scientists to focus on the origin of various disease problems, particularly those which are being faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Governor Vohra said that Medical scientists are aware of incidence and disease pattern in the state, particularly the toll taken by influenza, allergic problems, Hepatitis C, Diabetes, Cardio-vascular and respiratory diseases and Cancer. In this context, he urged the scientists to focus on practical approaches towards early detection, prompt diagnosis and the best preventive measures which need to be taken for saving precious lives. The Governor stressed the need for urgently setting up Pathological Laboratories in each district so that patients are not compelled to travel long distances for diagnosis and medical treatments. The Governor hoped that the Conference would consider evolving a practical model for early detection and effective management of the diseases from which the people of Jammu and Kashmir are suffering.

He urged the Vice Chancellor to explore sustainable research project linkages with the private sector so that joint public-private sector initiatives, involving the University, could contribute to improved health care facilities in Jammu and Kashmir.

(Posted on 13-04-2014)