Nobel Laureate Prof Ada Yonath interacts with students and professors of Vishwakarma University
Pune : ‘I just followed my passion and not the Nobel award,’ were the words of wisdom shared by none other than the Nobel Laureate herself, Prof Ada Yonath in an enthralling interaction with the students and professors of Vishwakarma University here.
Prof Yonath was in Pune to inaugurate ‘VUIC 2019’, an International Conference on Innovation and Societal Transformation held at Vishwakarma University. The 2-day long conference was inaugurated by her on Thursday. Though it called a lecture, it was a unique initiative by the varsity to have an interaction in a friendly atmosphere with none other than a Nobel Laureate. The idea worked well as the question-answer session proved to be a lifetime experience for students and professors of Vishwakarma University.
Through her aptly titled presentation ‘Climbing the Everest beyond the Everest' Prof Yonath not only informed about her research but also offered a sneak peek into her own very interesting journey to the Nobel Prize. ‘I only followed my passion. It was purely research driven and challenging,’ she said. While talking about her passion she advised students to follow their passion to fulfil their dreams.
She held everyone's rapt attention as she explained the scope of her award-winning project known to the scientific community as 'Ribosome in action- a study based on crystallography of protein structures that make up our DNA'.
Prof Yonath also inaugurated Vishwakarma University’s impressive Art & Design Department's new state-of-the-art facility in the campus. The sterling personality was full of praise for the showcase of creative art works at display by the Art and Design students.
The function concluded with the publication of “VISHWAMITRA” the on-campus newsletter at the hands of the Nobel Laureate. Noted scholar P.V. Choudhary, Bharat Agarwal, President of Vishwakarma University, Prof Wasudeo Gade, Vice President of Vishwakarma University, Prof Siddharth Jabade, Vice Chancellor of Vishwakarma University and other dignitaries graced the occasion.