National Seminar begins in KISS University

Bhubaneswar: A two-day national seminar with the theme “Technological Intervention for Improving Health and Nutrition of Tribal Communities” began at the city-based Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) here today.

The Seminar is being organized by the Department of Comparative Indic Studies and Tribal Sciences, School of Natural Sciences and Tribal Technology and KISS deemed to be KISS deemed to be University,

The Inaugural session was presided by Dr. Harekrishna Satapathy, Vice Chancellor of KIIS. In his welcome address, he welcomed Prof Ishan Kumar Patro, V.C, Ravenshaw University; Dr. Sanghamitra Pati, Director, RMRC; Dr Rajeeb Swain, Scientist ILS (who came on behalf of Prof. Ajay Parida, Director, ILS). Secretary KIIT and KIIS, R.N. Dash felicitated the guests.

In the Inaugural speech, Prof Satpathy quoted that 8-10% of the whole population of the world are tribal people. Unless and until the technology is used to aware the tribes their upliftment cannot be possible.

Dr. S Pati also emphasized the fact that the technology should be affordable, acceptable and available to the tribal people.

In his remark, Prof Ishan Kumar Patro emphasized on the retention of the cultural heritage of the tribal people along with the preservation of medicinal plants. In Technical Session Prof K.Geeta of Delhi University and Dr. Soma Chattopadhyay, Scientist, ILS; highlighted upon the awareness of tribal population to prevent the health hazards like infant mortality rate and maternal death rate.

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Prof N.C Das emphasized on Body Mass Index and gave a lot of example relating to the infant mortality rates too. Prof. I.K. Patro and Prof. N.R. Pattanaik also gave their concern over the brain development of infants. The discussions were very fruitful.


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