DIBRUGARH, Nov 4 - A national conference on current issues in Cosmology, Astrophysics and High Energy Physics (CICAHEP) was held at the Rangghar auditorium of Dibrugarh University on Monday.
The conference organised by the Department of Physics, Dibrugarh University was inaugurated by Prof AK Buragohain, Vice-Chancellor, Dibrugarh University while Dr Umananda Dev Goswami, convenor of the event delivered the welcome address.
The Vice-Chancellor in his inaugural address said astronomy as a subject in Science was most advanced because astronomy studies had begun in ancient times. Astronomy was one science that had emerged earliest in the history of human civilisation. �Whether it was in India, South America, China or Alexandria, it was astronomy, which emerged first as a science subject. Astronomy is one of the few subjects which had a very deep impact on culture, wherever it was practised or pursued. He also recalled the historical evidences of astronomical studies in Assam in ancient times where star gazers were there,� he said.
Professor Buragohain stressed the need to pursue thorough research through scientific studies and applications and not merely in a historical and traditional manner.
Padma Vibhushan Prof JV Narlikar, Emeritus Professor at Inter University Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune delivered the keynote address on �some conceptual problems in cosmology�. Citing some unsolved problems of Cosmolgy, Prof Narlikar asked the young researchers to do research on the unsolved mysteries.
Prof BS Acharya, senior Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai as well as the chairperson of the National Organising Committee of CICAHEP released the abstract volume of the scientific session of the conference
The Dean of the School of Science and Engineering, Dibrugarh University, Prof LK Nath also shared the dais with the eminent dignitaries. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr Kalyan Bhuyan, the Head of the Department of Physics, Dibrugarh University.