Jamshedpur, Sept 11: A batch of 751students of Std. VIII from Sardar Madho Singh Memorial School, South Park, Bistupur accompanied by three teachers – Ms Anup Sohanpal (Headmistress), Ms Paramjit Kaur, and Ms Balbir Kaur visited CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur and interacted with the scientists and research fellows under the aegis of School – NML Interactive Programme sponsored by NASI, Jharkhand Chapter.
The programme was scheduled for four and half hours, which comprised of an overview of Indian Science and Technology, Audio Visual Presentation, Documentary film shows, visit to NML Museum / Archive and selective units of the laboratory. The students and teachers were thrilled to see the different experimental set-ups , sophisticated equipments ,calm and cleanliness of the work environments..
Dr. N. G. Goswami, Chief Scientist and Coordinator of the programme, motivated the students explaining about the importance of science learning by citing lively examples related to day to day life activities and how it can change our life, environment and society.
Most of the students were of the view that visit to the laboratory gave them a brief idea of how one can plan and get prepared to take further course of study after they pass out the Board exam. Many scientists took part in the programme. To name a few – Dr Arvind Sinha, Dr K K Sahu, Dr R K Sahu,Dr P N Mishra, Dr A K Mohanty ,Dr M K Jha, and Dr Prabir Roy.
Ms Rinki Kumari, a student said, ” The presentation on Indian Science and Technology was very motivating. We were given to understand the entire functioning of CSIR and its sister laboratories working in areas ranging from Microbiology-Genetic engineering – Drug research – Health care -Mining, Minerals & Metals – Materials – Aerospace – Leather industry – Agro & food – Ecology & environment – Rural development to almost I believe everywhere in a very simple manner”.
Another student Ms Pinki Kumari said , “What I loved the most is the way the things about science and future career prospect were explained in Hindi. It was truly remarkable”. Ms Monika Kumari Yadav, another student said, “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”.
“I used to think Science a very complicated subject. But, now I want to pursue science in a more meaningful way” opined by many participants.”The programme was an eye opener for me. I am deeply motivated”, said Ms Varsa Adhikary – a student, after the visit.
Ms Neha Sandil said “The interaction has helped me to understand science in a better way. I never realized earlier, science was so easy to understand, wonderful visit”.Ms Anjali Kumari Rajak , another student said, “I came to know about many new new new things here like recovery of metals like Gold, Copper from Waste of mobile phone, computer , washing machine, tube light etc.”
The Headmistress and other participating teachers requested for their next visit to the lab for a deeper knowledge and lively experimentations.