*Mr Nair commented that he is happy to see that Punjab is now becoming Education hub of India
*“LPU is an Institution of Excellence”: Mr TKA Nair
Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, Shri TKA Nair declared Second Phase of 3rd Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan open at Lovely Professional University (LPU). Being organized on the theme of ‘Science for Global Development’; about 1500 scientists from across India made oral, posters and power point presentations on various scientific & humanitarian topics. The much interesting presentations were from the fields of Bio-Sciences; Chemistry; Physics; Mathematics; Agriculture, Energy and Environment; Engineering were made by the visiting scholars. More than 80% of these were for the benefit of commoners, villagers, farmers, artisans and other grass root persons.
Addressing the mammoth gathering of visiting scientists, intellectuals and students, the Chief Guest, Mr TKA Nair expressed his happiness on being among young generation. Inspiring one and all, he exclaimed: “We all should strive together to prove ourselves as worthy citizens of the great country India.” Taking main topics, one by one, to be discussed during the “Sammelan”, he invoked all: “ Let us all join hands to have an integrated approach to seek solutions to the problems specially related to Sustainable Agriculture Technology, Water, Supply of energy & Health-Care.” He also mentioned that common people believe that Government does not do much to help on these topics; the reality is that, it is not alone policy that will bring change, but it is awareness among people that can bring change.” In this regard, he held: “Such conferences are ideal opportunities to trigger and awaken all participants. Government, Public, Private sectors & Volunteer organizations should come together to benefit from such a wisdom orated and exhibited.”
Welcoming the Chief Guest, Mr Nair, to his “Karam Bhoomi” Punjab, from where he retired as Chief Secretary, LPU Chancellor, Mr Ashok Mittal highlighted about his simplicity and intelligence. He assured the Guest of the Day: “Our University will keep on striving hard to scale in equivalence to yester years’ great seats of learning in India-Nalanda and Taxila.” He also apprised the guest about the endeavours of the BVS –Expo and the availability of its messages and utility to many thousands of visitors.
On the first day close to 100 Papers were presented including some of the topics of mass interest: Bio-Diesel Potential in India; Lighting Houses with Sewerage; Artificial Nests to save Sparrows; Studies of Cell Phone Radiation Exposure inside a car; Innovative way to reduce the level of Carbon dioxide from industry and maintain the ecological balance in atmosphere; and, Economic Analysis of Hydro power Generation and Solar Dish Stirling System.
LPU researches establish ill effects of Cell Phone Radiation on Human Tissues in the Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan
Deepak Basandrai and A.K. Dhami of Division of Research & Development of Lovely professional University delivered a paper presentation on the topic of “Effect on Cell Phone Radiation on Human Tissues” at Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan & Expo 2012 being conducted at LPU Phagwara. The subject of effect of mobile radiations has attracted much debate in the last ten years, and various theories have been put forward by researches from all across the world. The study conducted by these two researchers from LPU have established it firmly that radiations associated with mobile phones and mobile towers have drastically ill effects on human health which reveal themselves in the form of serious health hazards for those who are exposed to them for a greater duration than normal, or who spend more time using cell phones for communication. The study revealed that children and old age people are more prone to be effected by harmful radiation emanating from mobile infrastructure, as they have comparatively more fragile immune system and skull structure. The researchers stated that high level of absorption of mobile radiations lead to excessive cell damage and this condition leads to chronic diseases with long lasting effects. On their study of those residing near hospitals and schools, the SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) on exposed people was measured by means of Portable Power Density meter and the results clearly indicated that greater exposure of mobile radiations have a bearing on the physical and mental alacrity of people. Scientist mentioned in their paper that the cell phones should not be used for more than 30 minutes in a day and never fro more than 6 minutes in a stretch. The radiation from the cell phones can heat up the tissues can lead to some kind of the tumors as well. They added that though the conclusion cannot be completely substantiate right now but for sure with the kind of work happening globally this is bound to come to conclusion.
The scientists concluded in their comments on the subject stated that technology does offer mankind with its endowments, but at the same time we should understand as to how to use technology in a judicious way.
1. Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan & Expo 2012 at LPU: Cost effective invention to beat darkness holds potential to illuminate crores of slum dwellings at virtually no price
2. “Solar Water Bottle” - a big hit at Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan& Expo 2012 at LPU Campus
In what can be termed as a path breaking step in providing cost effective, environment friendly and readily available source of illumination, scientists have invented an arrangement that will yield illumination equivalent to that of a 100 W bulb. Termed as “Solar Water Bottle”, the device which is marked for its simplicity, yet effectiveness; has been put on display at the ongoing Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan & Expo 2012 at LPU campus. The invention, if adopted on a mass scale, has the potential to illuminate crores of households based in slum areas across the country and abroad. What makes the invention fascinating is the fact that it does not call for any expenditure to ensure light during the day time in the indoors of houses which have no access to electricity.
The inventors made use of the phenomenon of multiple-reflection of light within a fluid media – homogenous solvent of water, Bleaching powder, soda, salt and vinegar. The solvent helps in convergence of light rays and produce bright illumination. While Bleaching powder, soda and salt helps in scattering of light, vinegar helps in making light denser for reflection. They made use of a transparent glass bottle on display a normal 1.5 litre coca cola bottle, filled with the solvent; and arranged it within the roof of a dwelling in such a way that half of the same remains exposed to sunlight, whereas the other half peeps inside the roof from ceiling. Natural sun rays, when enter the water filled glass bottle, undergo multiple reflection, produce high intensity illumination capable of providing substantial light indoors.
“Solar Water Bottle” is one of the most enchanting demonstrations at Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan & Expo 2012 being organized at LPU. The invention has won accolades from visitors and students from host University alike. Mr. Ashok Mittal, Chancellor LPU, heaped praises on the invention and stated, “Any creation that goes into bringing about transformation in the lives of maximum number of people; especially those who are living at the edge; calls for applause and recognition. I congratulate the scientist behind this invention, for finding a simple yet effective solution to address the problem of non-availability of light in many households. I sincerely wish that more such inventions will emerge in coming times, which I term as the real gains of education.”
Profile of T. K. A. Nair
T. K. A. Nair (born 1941) is an Indian civil servant who currently serves as Adviser to the Prime Minister of India with the rank of the Minister of State. He is a 1963 batch Indian Administrative Service officer from Punjab Cadre.
He also presently serves as Member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development. He served as Chief Secretary of Punjab and served as Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office during the terms of Prime Ministers' I. K. Gujral, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.