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Leh: “The development and future of Ladakh have to be compulsorily linked with science and scientific developments that suits our purpose and Ladakh’s fragile ecology. Commercialization of primary sector with the help of science is the golden path for Ladakh and UT Administration is determined to start this journey as fast as possible at the widest scale in the region,” asserted LG Mathur in his speech on the occasion of celebrating National Science Day in Ladakh.Ladakh Science Foundation with its effort to create an environment for young minds in order to accelerate the curiosity to learn science and make scientific knowledge-based society today celebrated the National Science Day (NSD-2021) through virtual mode in Ladakh.The Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, R K Mathur was the Chief Guest on the occasion.A K Sahu, Commissioner/ Secretary Education; Mumtaz Ali, Director School Education, Chief Education Officer, Leh and Kargil, Tsering Tashi, Founder-LSF (Scientist ISRO); other panelists including Dr Sunil Kumar Wangchoo, SMVD University, Jammu; Dr Tsering Stobdan, Scientist, DIHAR-DRDO, Leh; Dr Subrat Sharma, Sr. Scientist, G.B Pant NIHE, Leh; Lobzang Punchok, Expert, artificial Intelligence & ML, HP Co. Bangalore; Dorjey Angchuk, Sr. Engineer, Indian Astronomical Observatory, Hanle, Dr, Tsering Stobdan, Scientist, University of California, USA and participating students from Leh and Kargil were present on the occasion.Addressing the gathering, the Lt. Governor said that involving students in scientific activities is the best thing one can do and lauded Tsering Tashi, Founder LSF (Scientist ISRO) for his commendable efforts in promoting science in Ladakh which he said is a matter of satisfaction and pride for entire Ladakh.He stressed the need to make intense efforts in improving and promoting science and math-based knowledge among students in Ladakh at each level.He informed about the plans to establish two planetariums, make Hanle a dark sky sanctuary and to award the top scorer in science subject in 10th and 12th standard by the UT Administration.LG Mathur advocated that the future of Ladakh depends on the commercialization of the primary sector given the rich and highly valuable resources like a variety of high-quality wool, cash crops, apricots, seabuckthorn, medicinal and aromatic plants, etc. with huge potential for entrepreneurship, productive employment and boost income generation by manifold.He said that commercialization of sectors like agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, handicraft and handloom is the golden path for Ladakh to ensure sustainable development and economic growth. He said that UT Administration is committed to taking Ladakh on the path of progress with the help of science.As a part of NSD-2021, LSF organised Ladakh Science Olympiad, debate competition on the topic, ‘Carbon Neutral Ladakh’ and quiz competition in Leh and Kargil districts. The winners were awarded a cash prize, medal and certificate during the event today.
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