Kindly provide me with the following information requested under the purview of the Right to Information Act, 2005 in respect of 7th conference of Medical Arthropodology at DRL, Tezpur. As published in The Sentinel TEZPUR, December 12: A two–day–long national 7th conference of Medical Arthropodology sponsored by the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India was inaugurated at Defence Research Laboratory (DRL), Tezpur by Dr W Selvamurthy (PhD in Yoga).
- Provide the total sanctioned amount from DRDO for 7th conference of Medical Arthropodology with certified copy of sanctioned letter of DRDO.
- Provide the total expenditure of conference as per SB A/C opened in Axis Bank, Tezpur specifically opened for said purpose.
- Provide the total amount collected from various vendors in the name of said conference.
- Provide the total amount collected as registration fee for said conference from participants firms.
- Provide the permission single day bar license from local exercise authority for the use of liquor/wine for said conference dinner.
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7th conference of Medical Arthropodology at DRL, Tezpur
The Sentinel- TEZPUR, December 12: A two–day–long national 7th conference of Medical Arthropodology sponsored by the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India was inaugurated at Defence Research Laboratory (DRL), Tezpur by Dr W Selvamurthy, former distinguished scientist and chief controller (life sciences), DRDO and presently president, Amity Science Technology and Innovation Foundation (ASTIF) as well as Chair Professor, Life Sciences, Amity University, Noida. The central theme of the conference is herbal insecticides, biomedicine and biodefence in vector borne disease management. In his inaugural address of the conference as chief guest, Dr Selvamuthy lauded the role played by DRL in controlling vector and vector borne diseases and vector surveillance in North East India. Vector borne diseases are particularly rampant in tropical and sub–tropical countries. In India, malaria, dengue, filariasis, leishmaniasis and Japanese encephalitis are considered major public health problems. DRL has developed several herbal based insect repellent formulations which have been of much benefit for the troops stationed in this part of the country.
Earlier, Dr Vijay Veer, Director of DRL, Tezpur welcomed all the invited dignitaries and guests from services, academia and industry, participants and research scholars coming from different parts of the country to DRL. In his welcome speech, Dr Veer said Medical Arthropodology is an incredibly exciting discipline with the largest number of species under single specific group of animals, the arthropods, highlighting their biomedical and biodefence significance. Most of the arthropods are not harmful to humans and many are highly beneficial organisms. Still, many isolated group of spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks and particularly, insects concern humans because of their harmful nature of causing injuries through their poisonous bites and stings distributing the tranquillity of human’s living environment. They also play a key role in the transmission of a large number of diseases responsible for the massive human suffering.
The inaugural meeting was also addressed by Dr J Mahanta, Director, RMRC (ICMR), Dibrugrah, Dr BK Tyagi, Director, CRME (ICMR), Madurai and Brigadier AB Khare, Brig (Med), HQ Gajraj Corps, Tezpur. The book of abstracts of the conference as well as a Catalogue of Research & Development Products & Technologies developed by DRL was released on the occasion by Dr W Selvamurthy and other dignitaries. A bio–bibliography of Dr Devinder Singh, Professor, Punjabi University, Patiala and renowned forensic entomologist and Dr Jagadish Mahanta, Director, RMRC (ICMR), Dibrugarh and renowned biomedical scientist was released for their significant contribution to scientific research and to commemorate the 7th conference of Medical Arthropodology. A science exhibition displaying the products developed by DRL and a poster session was inaugurated by the chief guest.
Apart from a galaxy of eminent scientists, nearly 70 delegates will take part in the two day conference. There will be four technical sessions on the theme “Arthropod borne diseases”, “Herbal insecticides & biomedicine” and “Arthropods and biodefence” which included keynote lectures, invited lectures and oral presentations. The conference is expected to provide a unique opportunity and common platform for all scientists and researchers working in multi–disciplinary fields of life sciences and medical sciences to discuss the possible conventional and prospective herbal insecticide designs, as well as bio–medical and biodefence significance of arthropods to help us get prepared in advance to combat effectively any untoward catastrophe where insects or their allies are used as the carriers. Dr I Baruah, Head, Medical Entomology Division of DRL OFFERED the vote of thanks. This was stated in a press release.