The sixth Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress has ended in Almora with experts calling for serious efforts to mitigate the challenges of food security due to climate change in mountain regions and usher in inclusive development for the so far deprived masses of the State.

The increase in temperature and shift in rain patterns has resulted in visible changes in flora, fauna and natural resources like water and soil, and require collaborated efforts to make life better for the common man, said Suman Sahay of Gene Campaign.

Awards

Forty-two budding scientists were given the Young Scientist Award.

The Innovator of the Year award went to Brij Mohan Sharma for a low-cost home light system with a mobile charger that can light six two-watt LED bulbs for 16 hours. Giving out details of the Congress, Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) director-general Rajender Dobhal said the increasing interest of the youth in science was visible from the very active participation at the meet.

He urged young scientists to work for inclusive development by taking into account the needs of poor villagers. The UCOST would support all innovators and budding scientists, Dr. Dobhal said. The scientists want the Government to establish centres of excellence for forestry research mathematical sciences in the State.

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