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Royal Society of Chemistry signs MoU with CSIR to promote battery science in schools

Jamshedpur, Sept 23: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) signed MoU with Council for Industry and Scientific Research (CSIR) to encourage school students to explore battery science and make a commitment to working towards a brighter energy future of the nation. The event was organised at CSIR-NPL, New Delhi on September 22. The MoU was signed by the dignitaries representing CSIR and RSC.

Dignitaries present on the occasion were Dr Paul Lewis FRSA COO RSC, Dr N Kalaiselvi DG CSIR, Prof Venugopal Achanta Director NPL, Ajit Sharma, MD, RSC India and Dr Geethavani Rayasam, Head, HRDG.

The event began in the morning with Global Battery Experiment for school students at CSIR laboratories.

CSIR-NML (National Metallurgical Laboratory), Jamshedpur also organized this experiment and invited one teacher and five students from each local school to participate in this national level experiment.

The main objective of this initiative is to encourage school students to explore battery science and make a commitment to working towards a brighter energy future of the nation. 106 students and 11 teachers from nine local schools participated in the event.

At New Delhi Prof Achanta, Director NPL welcomed students participating in the battery experiment from different corners of the country.

Dr Rayasam, Head HRDG talked about the Jigyasa programme of CSIR which started in the year 2017 and its objective. She also talked about the concept behind the Virtual Laboratory initiative and the partnership with RSC.

Dr Paul Lewis, COO, RSC said that CSIR was the key collaborator in this initiative and expressed his keenness to know the key interests of the next generation of India and explore the opportunities present in India in the coming years.

Dr. Lewis’s address was followed by Jigyasa popular science lecture on “Insights into future of Battery Technology”.

Later, Dr N Kalaiselvi, DG, CSIR delivered popular science lecture on “Insights into future of Battery Technology”.  She told students that they were future leaders of the country and they must grab this golden opportunity to prepare themselves for overall development of the nation. She emphasized on the importance of energy sector as the key thrust area and said that the mission of meeting India’s energy demand was possible only through science and technology and implementation of good technological innovations.

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