Mahatma Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal has said that the different branches of study would ultimately converge on a common platform at the highest level of learning.
He was inaugurating the first ‘International Conference on Plasma Processing of Organic Materials and Polymers” (PPOMP 2011) on the university campus here on Friday. Prof. Gurukkal said nature is a laboratory in which the scientists will have to decode the unexplained phenomena and seek to mimic the same to offer a better quality of life to mankind. Prof. Sabu Thomas, Director of the University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNN); Prof. Fabienne, PCI University, France; and Prof Nandakumar Kalarikkal, CNN Joint Director; spoke at the inaugural session. Later in the day, researchers Francois Rossi, Abhijit Majumdar, Reuven Ianconescu, Suraj Kumar Sinha, Jaya Shrivastava, J. Karuppaiah, G. Shanmugavelayutham, D.C Tiwari, Arup Ratan Pal, Dipak Kumar Goswami, Joyanti Chutia, Kartick Kumar Samanta, Navanitha Pandiyaraj, Dolly Gogoi, A.K. Paul, Sheng-Yuan Chu, Ya Ping Wu, Frederic Thevenet, Miguel Manso Silvan, Alexander Ryabchikov and Andrzej Bartnik presented papers on various aspects of their studies. The three-day conference is being jointly organised by the university's Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNN), Istitute of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and the Department of Surface Engineering and Optoelectronics of Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia.