A two-day International Conference on ‘Advances in Computer Sciences & Technology’ began at Govt. College for Women, M.A. Road, Srinagar on Friday (March 17) with academicians and subject experts deliberating on the recent trends in the field.
Vice-Chancellor, Cluster University Srinagar, Prof. (Dr.) Qayyum Husain was the Chief Guest for the inaugural ceremony.
In his presidential address, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Qayyum said computers and the allied technologies have revolutionized every sphere of our life. “The discipline of computer science itself has undergone a lot of changes over the years, which makes this conference all the more important. Artificial Intelligence (AI), for instance, has emerged as a very exciting and important field, opening up plethora of possibilities for the future.”
“Keeping the developments in the field of Computer Sciences and other disciplines, Cluster University Srinagar proposed to introduce several new courses in the varsity’s second Academic Council meeting including Masters/Honors programmes in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science; Honors programme in Graphic Designing & Visualization; Diploma programmes in Digital Marketing, Block Chain Management, Cloud Computing and Cyber Security,” Prof. Qayyum said.
“These courses not only meet the industry requirements and technological advances made in the respective fields, but are also in line with the implementation of National Education Policy (NEP-2020).
At the same time we have to be aware of apprehensions and ethical dilemmas related to AI,” he added.
The Lead Talk of the conference was delivered by Mr. Marc Canter, CEO Instigate.ai and Co-Founder Macro-Media, USA. He shared an interesting case study on decentralized computing with professionals from different backgrounds coming together to offer international services with the concept of viral marketing. He cited the examples of ‘SauceNet’ and ‘Instigate.ai’.
In her welcome address, Principal of the host college, Prof. (Dr.) Ruhi Jan Kanth said, “With technology touching every aspect of our lives, unprecedented opportunities for human progress and development are unfolding. Computer Science and allied fields are key enablers of the growth and prosperity around the world. With this conference, we aim to develop a better understanding of the changes happening in the world of information technology with innovation and creativity spearheading this evolution.”
The Plenary Talk was delivered by Professor and former Head, Department of Computer Sciences, BHU, Prof. (Dr.) Promod Kumar Mishra. He spoke extensively about the underlying concepts of Metaverse and Machine Learning. He also cited an example of India’s first metaverse wedding reception.
In his keynote address, Prof. Akshay Agarwal of IISER Bhopal highlighted the new possibilities offered by Artificial Intelligence. He gave an interesting presentation on the power of AI and the future implications of the same.
Organizing Secretary of the conference, Dr. Sameer Kaul spoke about the relevance of the conference and introduced the theme and sub-themes spread across the technical sessions of the two-day event.
On the occasion, newsletter of the host institution ‘College Times’ was also released. Three books authored by the faculty members of the host college- Prof. Sheba Drabu, Prof. Sania Shakeel and Dr. Riffat Aman- were also released on the occasion.
The inaugural session was also attended by Dean Academic Affairs, Cluster University Srinagar, Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Lone and Registrar, Prof. Khurshid Mir.
Dr. Abina Habib moderated the proceedings of the inaugural session while Dr. Suhail Ahmad was the rapporteur. Dr. Bilal Maqbool Beigh presented formal Vote of Thanks.