Jamshedpur, Nov. 19: A group of 90 Std. VIII and IX students from Xavier School, Gamharia, accompanied by three teachers – Rekha Singh, Pravat Kumar Mishra, and Prabhash Chandra Jha, visited CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur and interacted with the scientists there on Thursday. The students were thrilled and expressed their excitement over the laboratory visit as well as interaction with the scientists and research scholars involved in R&D work.
The programme jointly sponsored by CSIR-NML and NASI, Jharkhand chapter, was scheduled for 4 hours and comprised scientific documentary film/video show, interaction with scientists, lab visit and demonstration of different process technologies in order to inculcate interest in science for the development of society. Dr. N.G. Goswami, Chief Scientist and Coordinator of the programme, presented an overview of CSIR/NML’s contributions in different branches of science and technology like physical science, chemical science, bioscience, engineering science, and information science. Dr Goswami elaborated on how science and technology can help the common man for a quality life.
Most of the students were of the view that visit to the laboratory gave them a brief idea about how one can plan and prepare to take further course of study after they pass out their board exams. A number of scientists, including Dr Arvind Sinha, Dr KK Sahu, Dr P N Mishra, Dr R K Sahu, and Dr Arpita Ghosh took part in the programme. Dr P.N. Mishra also took them around the laboratory.
“Visit to the laboratory gave us a real picture that how science and technology works hand in hand for the benefit of the people. It became more attractive when the concepts are explained with examples and visual aids”, Sachit Bhardwaj and Rahul Das, both student of Std. IX, said after the programme. Aabhas Arun Burman, a student of Std. IX said, “We came to know CSIR’s contribution in the field of chemical industry, Agriculture, aerospace research, ocean development, metallurgy and medicines. I am deeply motivated to take my career as a Scientist. I got a direction from today’s visit to NML”.
Joydip Hansda said, “I came to know that DNA finger print technology was developed by a CSIR laboratory at Hyderabad. Ansu Kumari and Mansi Mandal also expressed the similar view. Pragati Rai and Sangeeta Hembram liked the way scientists explained about the recent developments in science – about different chemicals, how they are naturally available, and from a single resource how a varieties of products are being made in the laboratory.
Teachers and many students requested the NML for another visit to the laboratory for a deeper knowledge. The teachers said that this programme would certainly impact on their students to pursue science in more meaningful way.
It may be mentioned here that National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), a constituent wing of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India, has launched School-NML Interactive Programme (SNIP) for over four years ago. Under this programme, students visit NML every Friday. The registration is done for first come first serve basis. Already 204 schools and more than 18,500 students and 325 teachers have participated in the programme.