Utkal gets research tool on nat’l science day | Bhubaneswar News timesofindia.indiatimes.com


Bhubaneswar: The Utkal University on Friday installed a Micro Raman Spectrometer worth around Rs 1.5 crore in the physics department for research purposes on the occasion of National Science Day on Friday.
The equipment was lying idle in the university since December 2017 due to lack of space for its installation. Office of the accountant general, Odisha, had last year asked vice-chancellor of Utkal University to reply on procurement of this apparatus without planning for its installation.
In March 2017, the syndicate approved the proposal to procure the equipment from the funds provided under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) during 2017-18. The newly-installed instrument can be used for research in the field of physics, chemistry, medicine and biological sciences for characterisation of material, detection of explosives and to generate fingerprints of the universe.
“We use this equipment to provide a structural fingerprint through which molecules can be identified. We measure the bond length between two atoms. It is an important device for research,” said Prafulla Kumar Panda, head of the physics department, Utkal University.
He said National Science Day is celebrated on February 28 every year commemorating Indian physicist C V Raman’s 1928 discovery of the scattering of photons or light particles by matter popular as Raman Effect. Installation of this device based on his theory is a tribute to the great scientist, he added.
Vice-chairman of Odisha State Higher Education Council Asoka Kumar Das inaugurated the room with installation of the equipment in the presence of university vice-chancellor Soumendra Mohan Patnaik and teachers of the institution.
The equipment can be used by the university’s post-graduate students and researchers for education and research activities in the field of material science, physics, chemistry, biology and geological studies. Research scholars from other government universities or institutions can access this facility, said the vice-chancellor.

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