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LFS’ Sangeeta Chatrath among four bag NASI’s ‘Best Science Teacher Award’

Jamshedpur, Feb. 27: The Jharkhand Chapter of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) jointly with CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur celebrated the National Science Day on 27th February 2018 with great pomp and show.
In addition to NML Scientific and technical staff more than 200 students from Jamshedpur based institutions like Keonjhar Institute of Technology, Orissa; Tata Steel Technical Institute, Jamshedpur. 50 teachers / principals from different schools in and around Jamshedpur city also attended as invitees.

While welcoming the gathering CSIR-NML Director, Dr. I. Chattoraj said, “It is great to have assembled here to pay tribute to one of India’s outstanding Scientist Sir Chandrashekhar Venkataraman whose announcement of the Raman Effect is what we today celebrate as Science Day. Much before C.V Raman India was a cradle of science”. However, since Independence, the impact on Global Science has been negligible. He added “On this day of the discovery of the Raman Effect, it is time to introspect what is going wrong”. Dr. Chattoraj stressed upon the fact the now we should start thinking differently. We should learn to “Question the Answers” and should learn to enjoy what we do.

While delivering the welcome address by the Chairman Jharkhand Chapter of NASI,
Dr. Arvind Sinha said, You may be aware that India celebrates Science Day on February 28th every year, to commemorate the announcement of the discovery of the Raman Effect by Sir C.V. Raman for which he was Awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930. Although several Indians have since won the Nobel Prize in Science, these were for work carried abroad and is not credited to India.

Given the rich pool of human resources in India and our illustrious heritage and legacy in Science and Technology, achieving scientific excellence and leadership in the immediate future would be possible if we can create a scientific culture of excellence in the schools of the state of Jharkahnd and ignite the passion of several young minds to pursue Science. Recognizing the efforts to be put forward by the dedicated teachers, Jharkhand State Chapter has decided to felicitate such science teachers of the sate both in TGT & PGT category. In 2017, the chapter instituted this award only for Jamshedpur region, however since 2018 the award has been made open for the entire state of Jharkhand.

The Chief Guest, Prof Murali Sastry , CEO, IIT Bombay-Monash University Research Academy, delivered a popular lecture on Nanotech and Consumer Products: the story of TATA SWACH”. The talk encompassed a detail on nanotechnology based solution to solve the problem of safe and clean drinking water for the poor.

The Chief Guest, Dr. Murali Sastry, Dr I Chattoraj, Director NML and Dr Arvind Sinha, Chairman of the NASI Chapter gave away the “Best Science Teacher Award of Jharkhand State for the academic session 2017” to four teachers (two in PGT and two in TGT category), sponsored by Jharkhand State Chapter of NASI. Bibhuti Nath Jha- Jawahar Vidya Mandir Ranchi (PGT), Sangeeta Chatrath-Little Flower School (LFS), Jamshedpur (PGT), Manoj Kumar Singh, Upper Middle School, Potka (TGT) and Amod Mishra, Upper High School, Chaibasa (TGT). The awardees received Rs. 10000/- each and citation. Award giving ceremony was followed by presentations by the four award winners on the contributions they made in the field of teaching science.

The vote of thanks was presented by Dr. R.K. Sahu, Sr. Scientist, CSIR-NML. The students expressed their excitement and happiness over the laboratory visit as well as interaction with the scientists and research scholars.

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