<p>The participants for this School would be doctoral research scholars, Master’s students, young faculty members, scientists and researchers working in the field from the Asia Pacific region. The School received a large number of applications from participants from different countries in the Asia Pacific region such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Armenia, Nigeria etc. Eminent Speakers from India and abroad will be sharing their knowledge and experience over the week-long event. The Inaugural Ceremony of the School was held on 25.10.2021 in blended mode with opening remarks by <strong>Dr. Dinesh Bhatia</strong>, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Biomedical Engineering Department, NEHU, Shillong who emphasised on the need for organizing the School, the selection of the participants and the different aspects which would be covered by experts from India and abroad during the week-long programme. He profusely thanked the officials of IBRO and SNCI for the kind support rendered in organising the events. Post felicitation of dignitaries, the School was inaugurated by <strong>Prof. P.S. Shukla</strong>, Vice Chancellor of NEHU, Shillong as Chief Guest. Prof. Shukla spoke about the impact of modern technology on children with disabilities and how it could be linked to socio-economic factors in the North-Eastern region. He spoke on about the Article-7 and Convention on Rights of the People with Disability (CRPWD) with emphasis on Neuroplasticity, Cognitive Behaviour and Inclusive Education.</p>
<p><strong>Prof. Bibhuti Bhusan Biswal</strong>, Director, NITM, who was the Guest of Honour, spoke about the integration of technology with modern day resources to work to improve the lives of people with disabilities. He discussed how to overcome the digital divide and provide education on neuro-developmental disorders to all. Special Invited Guest <strong>Dr. Cheah Pike See</strong>, Chair, IBRO APRC from Universiti Putra, Malaysia, discussed the scope of the IBRO School and the opportunities available to young budding scientists and researchers seeking funding from the IBRO. She also congratulated Dr. Bhatia and his team for planning and organising a wonderful event along with the Society for Neurochemistry India (SNCI) Satellite meeting. <strong>Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra</strong>, Senior Adviser, Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India and Invited Special Guest spoke about the opportunities available in India for researchers to collaborate and work for people with disabilities. He emphasised the importance of organising such programmes in the country and who it could be linked to policy decision making in the long run. He mentioned on how the Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSRI) of the Govt. of India concentrated on integrating Medical Sciences, Anthropology, Education, Psychology, Technology, and the advanced disciplines to focus on translational research and general disorders. <strong>Prof. Donkupar Syiem</strong>, Director, Design Incubation Centre, NEHU, Shillong spoke about the opportunities available in the region and how they could be integrated for societal benefits. He spoke about the status of such disorders at a global level and touched upon learning new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Informatics, Machine Learning, Robotics and Genome Editing. He emphasised the role of Design Incubation and how it could be integrated with the needs of the society. <strong>Prof. L. J. Singh</strong>, Dean, School of Technology, also shared his views during the event and was happy that a third such event was being organised at the School of Technology funded by IBRO. The Vote of Thanks was presented by <strong>Dr. N.A. Reddy</strong> from the Department of Education, NEHU, Shillong, who profusely thanked all those involved in making preparations to make the event a grand success and how the ideas generated could be utilised in the long run for the betterment of the institutions and the society at large. </p>
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