Chandigarh,13.02.18-2nd Day CHASCON-2018 at PU CHANDIGARH



Title of the Plenary lecture




Characteristics of hydrogeological set–up deciphered through geophysical surface investigation (resistivity survey) in District Bhathinda, State Punjab

Suresh Chandra Kapil, Senior Geophysicist (Scientist ‘D’) CGWB, NWR Chandigarh

Earth Sciences

Best oral

Ms. Yashvi

Best poster

Mr. Ravi S. Chaubey


  • What Industry Expects from Pharma Graduates?


  • Drug Development and Approval: Evolving Roles of Healthcare

Mr Rahul Bansal, Director, Medilabs, Baddi

Mr Manoj Kumar, Safety Scientist and UIPS Alumnus

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Best oral

Ms Anjleena

Best poster

Ms Bonita Gilbert Borges


High Energy Experimental Physics: An Overview

Prof. Vipin Bhatnagar

Deptt. of Physics, P. U. Chandigarh




Physical Sciences

Best oral

 Anuj Gupta

Best poster

Sumandeep Kaur


Biometric and it’s relevance to the Society in Present Scenario

Ms. Ravinder Sahi, Scientist 'G' & Director, ETDC Mohali

Engineering Sciences

Best oral: Dr. Amit Keshav, NIT, Raipur

Best poster:

1st prize- Manvi Hindwan



Proposing a settings based approach of Quaternary prevention to cultivate a new Health culture in Chandigarh-potential for a joint venture between Panjab University and PGIMER, Chandigarh

Prof. Amarjeet Singh,

School of Public

Health, PGIMER,



Anthropology and Public Health

Best oral: Jasbir Arora

Best poster:

Sunny Sachdeva and Aprajita Singla


Strategies for development of biosensors

Dr. Suman Singh, a senior Scientist at CSIO and paediatrician


Best oral:

Ms. Shivanshi Vasisht

Best poster:

Shivanshi Vasisht


Technology related privacy concerns in our daily life

Prof Sanjeev Sofat

PEC, Chandigarh

Mathematical Sciences

Best oral:

Mokshi Goyal

Shradha Arya

Manish Goyal

Best poster:

Supreet Kaur Mann



Food Security and Climate Change


Prof S S. Chahal

Professor Emeritus



Plant Sciences

Best oral:

Amrit Bharti   

Best poster:

Lakita Kashyap  


Protecting Innovations in Translational Research

Prof R.K.Tuli

Former Director NABI


J C Bose Fellow and Sr Scientific Advisor UIET

Emerging Areas

Best Paper:

Sonal  Choudhary

Best Poster:

Aprajita Gupta


Common Causes of Headache

Dr. Manish Modi

Neurologist, Dept of Neurology, PGI,CHD

Animal Sciences





Dental Sciences

Best Paper:

Dr. Neeraj Yadav

Best Poster:

Sargam Ravi and  Sileena Jaidev Pannu




Chemical Sciences

Best Paper:Shilpa Chaudhary

Best Poster:

Jasminder Singh

Akshpreet Singh


 Section-Animal Sciences

Date-13Feb., 2018-As part of the Chandigarh Science Congress (CHASCON-2018), Sectional Program was carried out at the Department of Zoology on February 13, 2018. The plenary lecture was delivered by Dr. Manish Modi, Neurologist, Department of Neurology, PGIMER, Chandigarh. The topic of his talk was “Headache” wherein he discussed about the types of headaches and migraine. He emphasized on the ways to distinguish headaches caused by intracranial haemorrhages and tumors from migraines. Dr. Modi specifically highlighted that migraine is a complex disorder of the brain excitability and not a simple vascular phenomenon. It is extraordinarily common and is highly underdiagnosed. Majority of people can be safely and effectively treated with an organized plan of life style management, accurate therapy and preventive therapy, if needed.

Participants from different institute, colleges and states participated in this sectional activity. The event also included poster and oral presentations.

 Report: Earth Science session held on February 13, 2018

 The Plenary talk in the Earth Science section was given by Mr. Anil Sood, former Executive Director & Head of Institute, GEOPIC, ONGC on the topic, “India’s Energy Outlook”. The speaker explained that most of world’s primary energy, about 85%, comes from fossil fuels, such as oil, natural gas and coal; biofuels contribute another 10% and rest comes from nuclear, hydro and renewable energy sources. Most of the oil and gas reserves are located in Middle East, about 48% and 43%, respectively, whereas the coal reserves are mostly located  in Asia Pacific (about 46%).  India’s primary energy consumption rose by 5.4% in 2016, and it remained as the third largest energy consumer after US and China. In future, India’s dependence on crude imports is projected to touch 90%, and crude import bill about 70 billion USD in 2016-17. The GOI targets to reduce this by 10% through 5 pronged strategy, such as increasing domestic production, enhancing energy efficiency and conservation, demand substitution, promoting alternate fuels/renewable and refinery process improvement.

 This was followed by 12 oral presentations, which were mostly given by UG/PG students. In the afternoon poster presentation session was held in which 12 poster were presented largely by Research Scholars, including UG/PG students. Both oral and poster presentations were evaluated by judges, who were alumnus of the Department.

 Dental Sciences:

 The sectional programme in the dental / medical sciences section of CHASCON 2018 was

received with much enthusiasm and vibrance by the faculty and the students of the

department of Dr. Harvansh Singh Judge Institute Of  Sciences & Hospital alike with

25 oral paper presentations being presented by the faculty of the institute and about 15

number of posters being displayed by the students covering a wide range of topics relevant

in the modern times, as informed by the principal cum professor and sectional president 

of dental / medical sciences Dr. Jagat Bhushan .

Dr. Neeraj Yadav was adjudged as the best oral presenter for her topic

on ‘Interdisciplinary Orthodontics’ while Sargam Ravi & Sileena Jaidev Pannu

were the best poster presenters for their topic on

‘Bacteriophage therapy : A milestone in dentistry’.

 Press Release, Department of Physics

 Scientific programme of the Physical sciences section started with welcome address by Prof. Ranjan Kumar.  Prof. Navdeep Goyal, Chairperson, Deptt. of Physics, in his address highlighted the role of basic Physics behind white LEDs and other electronic devices. Plenary lecture was delivered by Prof. Vipin Bhatnagar. He spoke on Experimental High energy Physics. He emphasised that there are so many technological offshoots of the high end experiments. Which ultimately serve the mankind and further advancement of knowledge as well. World wide web(www) is such an example which was invented in FERMI Lab. Plenary lecture  was followed by Quiz and Oral presentations. In the afternoon poster presentations were also done.


In the Bioscience and Biotechnology section, the gathering of faculty, young researchers and excited students was given a warm welcome by the Sectional President, Professor Archana Bhatnagar. Plenary talks delivered by Dr. Suman Singh, a senior Scientist at CSIO and pediatrician Dr. Sahul Bharti kept the audience engrossed as their talks were in line with the theme of the congress. Dr. Suman Singh focused on various strategies for development of biosensors using the latest technology & collaborative tools. She emphasized the role of nanotechnology in biosensor development for assessment and monitoring of biomarkers and environmental toxicants. Sharing his thoughts, Dr. Sahul Bharti, talked about the importance of highly neglected area of Statistics in changing science and society. With simple, day to day life examples, he touched upon the science-society dynamics. The participation in the oral and poster presentations represented the enthusiasm and zeal of young scientists.

 Special Evening Expository Talk By

Prof(Dr) Anil Bhansali

Head , Dept of Endocrinology, PGI Chandigarh

Diabetes Mellitus: A Newer Perspective

Earlier, India had a dubious distinction of being the "Diabetes Capital of the World".  But currently with the available data, China is the Diabetes Capital of the World, but unfortunately, Chandigarh is the Diabetes Capital of India.  Recent survey by the ICMR-INDIAB, we have shown that Chandigarh has got a prevalence of diabetes around 15%, which is the highest among any states and union territories in the country.  Increased urbanization, consumption of calorie-dense food, adaptation of sedentary life style and rising obesity are the main reasons behind the increasing prevalence of diabetes.  Further, economic transition from lower to higher socio-economic strata has also contributed to increased burden of diabetes.  It is imperative to note that Chandigarh has highest per capita income and literacy rate of 98%, despite a high prevalence of diabetes was observed.  A massive drive is to be launched to curtail the increasing menace of diabetes, which should include annual screening program, promotion of physical activity, early diagnosis, rapid and intensive treatment of diabetes, treatment of other co-morbidities like hypertension and cholesterol.  This is important to prevent the catastrophe in future.