Minister for higher education Mohammad Akbar Lone on Tuesday inaugurated the three-day J&K Women's Science Congress here at the Government College Parade Ground.
Minister of state for science and technology Feroze Ahmed Khan and minister of state for higher education Manohar Lal Sharma were also present.
The Congress is being organised on the theme 'Empowering women through science and technology' by Government College for Women in collaboration with State Council for Science and Technology.
It event will cover woemn's contribution in life sciences, environment science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, earth sciences, biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry, animal and veterinary sciences, applied and allied sciences.
Speaking on the occasion, Lone highlighted the need to identify avenues for enhancing the involvement of women in various science-related projects.
Lone said state government supported the idea of greater presence of women in science and technology. He said there had been a sharp increase in the number of women science graduates and post-graduates in the state.
Earlier, Lone along with both the ministers of state inaugurated the newly-constructed college canteen, besides inaugurating the children science exhibition in which students from various schools of Jammu showcased their science models, highlighting the application of science and mathematics in daily life.
Scientists, researchers, academicians from all over the state are taking part in the congress.