Sunday, December 3, 2023

NASI launches Vigyan Deepavali programme for school students

Jamshedpur : The Jharkhand State Chapter of National Academy of Science( NASI), Allahabad launches Vigyan Deepavali programme for school students.

A group of 82 students (Std. VIII to X) from Vikas Vidyalay,NH-33, Dimana accompanied by three science teachers � Prabhat Kumar, S.R.Naya, and Smti.Premlata Toppo visited CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur and interacted with the working scientists and research fellows.

The students and teachers expressed their and excitement and happiness over the laboratory visit as well as interaction with the scientists and working research scholars. In fact, they were thrilled while visiting the labs and looking at the practical set- ups and demonstrations.

Arvind Sinha ,Secretary NASI-Jharkhand chapter said,� The main idea behind launching of the programme is to empower the pupils of Jharkhand by promoting them for a self-sustaining movement towards a science culture which will likely demonstrate finding solution for a quality life and state growth based on its available natural resources�. He called the programme as� Jharkhand Vigyan Deepavali�.

While welcoming the visiting teachers, Dr. N.G. Goswami, CSIR-NML Chief Scientist and Co-ordinator of the programme motivated the students by citing live examples from the scientific field and innovative research, how it affects our life, environment and society.

Most of the students said that the interaction was very informative and brought about lot of ideas. Teachers and many students requested for their next visit to the laboratory.

The programme has been designed to give the students an exposure to modern laboratory conditions and learn to apply the various facets of science in our day to day activities.

The programme included a talk comprising of an overview of Indian Science and Technology, motivational video clippings on science, Documentary film show on CSIR and NML, practical demonstrations, lively discussion, visit around the selective units of the laboratory/NML Museum/ Archive.

After attending the programme a teacher S R Naya said “The laboratory visit has totally changed my way of thinking and my attitude towards science. Thanks to the organiser for enlightening us and our thought process�.

Arifa Tahsen a participating student of Std. VIII said, “I am happy to know about the CSIR-NML’s Cupola Technology that aims to improve the quality of environment around the Taj Trapezium and prevent degradation of Taj Mahal”. What surprised the students most was the recovery of metals from the electronic wastes.

Fisa Khan, Ms Sneha Dutta, Pratima Singh , like many other students expressed, “We are thrilled to know about CSIR labs’ contribution in the introduction of DNA Fingerprinting in India.

We hardly knew that the technology developed by the CSIR- CCMB Scientists in the preparation of molecular database for Basmati. We are happy to learn that CSIR is the key player in Indian genomics over the decades”.

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