KU launches ‘Know the Nobel Laureate’ lecture series

KU launches ‘Know the Nobel Laureate’ lecture series

Posted by RK News on Saturday, October 22, 2022

Srinagar, October 21: The University of Kashmir has launched a series of lectures on the work of this year’s Nobel laureates, an initiative designed with the broader aim of encouraging young students and scholars to be inspired by Nobel laureates.

The first lecture in the series entitled “Knowing the Nobel Laureate” was delivered by Dr. Govindarasu Murugavel, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora. The conference was organized by the Department of Chemistry, KU.

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was won by Barry Sharpless and Morten Meldal who shared the prize with Carolyn Bertozzi for “the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry”.

The theme of Dr. Murugavel’s lecture was “Click Chemistry—A Popular Tool and Its Emergence in Various Chemical and Biological Applications”.

Dr. Murugavel explained how to mimic natural molecules to develop products with broad applications, and how click chemistry can provide ease, convenience and efficiency in creating molecules of interest in the lab.

The lecture series was launched on the advice of Vice-Chancellor Professor Nilofer Khan to acquaint professors, students and researchers with the extensive research work undertaken by Nobel laureates in order to encourage them to inspire it.

Dr. Murugavel’s lecture brought together students, researchers and faculty members from different teaching departments of the University.

Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor Farooq A Masoodi, who oversees the lecture series, said such lectures inspire students and motivate them to critically analyze progress in various fields of study.

The University, Prof. Masoodi said, will organize further conferences on the work of Nobel laureates in the fields of medicine, physics, peace and literature, in the coming days.

Professor Wajahat Amin Shah, head of the chemistry department, offered a formal vote of thanks and also highlighted the importance of click chemistry.

Angela C. Hale