Jamshedpur, Oct. 30: A batch of 55 students of Std. VIII to X from St. Joseph’s High School, Golmuri, accompanied by teacher Sabrina Nobel 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 included 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 communicated them how science and technology can change one’s 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, including Dr K K Sahu, Dr P N Mishra, Dr A K Mohanty and Dr Prabir Roy took part in the programme. Dr P.N. Mishra took them around the laboratory.
Jyoti Kumari, a Std X student, later said, “The interaction has helped me to understand science in a better way. I never realized earlier, science was so easy to understand, wonderful experience.” Another student, Mona 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 Abhijeet Roy, another 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 and genetic engineering to drug research and health care to mining, minerals & metals and materials, aerospace, leather industry, agro and food, ecology and environment, rural development to almost everything in a very simple manner”.
Another student Nandini Kumari said, “What I loved the most is the way the science and its role in uplifting our society were explained in Hindi.
It was fantastic Shibani Kumari, another student said, “The 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”.