Hislop College in association with IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University), Regional Centre, Nagpur, recently organised a one-day national conference on – Indian Heritage in Chemistry (IHC 2018) – at its premises at Civil Lines, Nagpur. The conference was organsied in order to celebrate the greenness of Indian heritage in chemistry and to decode the scientific approach practiced in ancient India. It was also a congruence of ancient Indian chemistry knowledge with modern chemistry knowledge.
The chief guest at the conference was Professor Gautam R Desiraju from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Also present at the conference were Dr P Sivaswaroop (Regional Director, IGNOU) and Dr Lata Deshmukh (Convener, IHC and Director, PG and Research Department of Chemistry, Hislop College).
The conference was organised keeping in mind the following broad objectives:
→ To provide an excellent opportunity to researchers and academicians for presenting Indian Heritage in Chemistry and to conduct a critical debate with respect to applications of ancient chemistry with modern techniques.
→ To study the synchronization of chemistry and other sciences with respect to ancient scientific approach.
→ To extrapolate the ancient techniques into modern remedial medicinal techniques.
→ To generate awareness among the common man regarding the utility of ancient Ayurveda medication.
→ To impart training with regard to scientific conservation works.
The conference brought several intellectual minds under one roof to discuss chemistry. The conference consisted of several sessions and gave these intellectuals a chance to give presentations on different aspects of chemistry like material chemistry, food chemistry, agriculture chemistry, etc. The delegates who gave oral presentations came for the conference from various parts of the state. Some of these delegates also won prizes later for their presentations. While the valedictory session of the conference was headed by Dr Deepti Christian (Principal, Hislop College), the organising secretary of the conference Dr Shubhajit Halder gave the vote of thanks.