To create awareness and generate interest among academicians and researches in the field of space technology applications, space and atmospheric science and satellite communication, one day Academia and Students Interaction meet was conducted at NESAC, Umiam on 24th June, 2016.This was a novel initiative as it brought the best Academicians of the region at the same platform with the students and aspiring researchers of the region from various academic institutions.It also served as a platform for discussing present and future/proposed activities of the NESAC and possible areas of collaboration between NESAC and various Academic Institutions.
The meet was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by Chief Guest, Dr Dilip Kumar Saikia, Director, NIT, Meghalaya and other dignitaries. Sri PLN Raju, director, NESAC presented on the current status of ‘Indian Space Program’ and ‘Role of NESAC in Space Technology Applications for North Eastern Region; Possible linkages with academia for research, training and capacity building.’Dr Ganesh Raj, Director, RESPOND,ISROgiven a presentation on ‘RESPOND-Sponsored Research Program of ISRO’.Dr Minakshi Devi, Professor, Department of Physics, Gauhati University, delivered a talk on ‘Research in Atmospheric Science: Present status and Future Vision: A brief report based on GU research activities’.
Total 155 participants from 21 institutes of NE India attended the meet and participated actively in the discussion. A poster session was also conducted in a separate parallel session where around 10 participants presented their posters. In the poster session there were total 10 participants, out of which 3 best posters were also selected and awarded.Total 20 presentations were made by various faculty members and researchers, out of which 10 are from remote sensing and GIS theme, 7 are from Atmospheric Sciences and 3 are from Satcom applications.This was followed by a panel discussion where interaction between the participants and the panelists had taken place with respect to the possibility of collaboration on the proposed projects and technological issues etc.