Week-long Science Festival Concludes in Leh

Leh, Feb 28: The week-long Science festival ‘Vigyan Sarvatra Pujyate’ concluded with a valedictory function at the Leh campus of the University of Ladakh on the occasion of National Science Day today. 

Lt. Governor of Ladakh, RK Mathur was the chief guest, the Chairman/CEC LAHDC Leh, Adv. Tashi Gyalson was the guest of honour and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ladakh, Prof. SK Mehta was the special guest during the occasion. Other guests present were Dy Chairman, Tsering Angchuk, Executive Councillors of LAHDC Leh, Ghulam Mehdi, Stanzin Chosphel; DC Leh, Shrikant Suse, Leader of Opposition, Tsering Namgyal, Councillors of LAHDC Leh, Commandant LSRC, Officers/officials of UoL, Directors and Scientists from Scientific Research Institutes and NGOs based out of Leh, officials of School Education Department Leh led by CEO Leh, Librarian TR Library, village representatives of Taru village, reps from Ratna Shri Society and various other personalities attended the valedictory function. 

LG Ladakh in the presence of CEC Leh, Dy Chairman and VC UoL inaugurated a 100-KWP Solar Power Plant with a battery bank at the university campus. The officials also reviewed the science exhibitions and interacted with the students and representatives from various research centres. 

Speaking on the occasion, LG RK Mathur thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for selecting Leh among 75 locations across the country to celebrate National Science Week with the aim to help popularise science among the public. He stated that Hill Council Leh under the chairmanship of CEC, Adv. Tashi Gyalson and Deputy Chairman Tsering Angchuk have made intense efforts to make this event a success. He also said that efforts are being made to develop Ladakh using Science as the base, including the introduction of cold-weather technologies, Dark Sky Sanctuary to promote Astro-tourism, etc. 

In his message, CEC Gyalson expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India for recognising Ladakh in all sectors and providing adequate opportunities to its people through such innovative initiatives. He also extended his gratitude to the LG Ladakh for assisting Ladakhis in reaching heights of development post-formation of the Union Territory. Stressing the need for protecting Ladakh’s fragile ecosystem, HCEC spoke about sustainable development with absolute consumption of natural resources. He also added that the Mission Organic Development Initiative by the Hill Council, Leh would help in the revival of traditional farming practices in Ladakh, thus, getting a step closer to achieving PM’s vision of making Ladakh a Carbon-Neutral region. He further appreciated the efforts of event organisers and the young participants under the guidance of Dy Chairman, LAHDC Leh, Tsering Angchuk for a successful week-long festival under the ‘Vigyan Sarvatra Pujyate’ programme. 

Expressing his satisfaction over the successful conduct of the festival, Dy Chairman, Tsering Angchuk extended his gratitude to all the guests for gracing the occasion and especially to the organising team for their tireless efforts throughout the week during the nationwide science week festival ‘Vigyan Sarvatra Pujyate’ under the banner of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav marking 75 glorious years of India’s independence. 

Winners of the various competitions held during the festival were felicitated by the guests in the end. 

Earlier, LG Mathur along with CEC Gyalson and other dignitaries visited the open-air rock art museum at UoL Leh Campus, where renowned social anthropologist Viraf Mehta and Principal, EJM College Leh, Tashi Ldawa briefed LG Mathur about the rock art in Ladakh. They informed that around 615 known rock sites forms have been found in Ladakh. 

The Ministry of Culture & the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA), GoI, under the aegis of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrated the week of Feb 22 to Feb 28 as the glorious week dedicated to science and technology - Vigyan Sarvatre Pujyate (science is revered all over).

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