Sunday, April 11

National science camp gets off to flying start with 400 students

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Around 400 students from all over India participated in Vijyoshi, a three-day national science camp that was inaugurated at Meghnad Saha auditorium of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research ( IISER ) Kolkata on Sunday.

Subhajit Bandopadhyay, associate dean of IISER, Kolkata said 200 students of the host institute will attend the camp along with the national participants.

Experts from the country and abroad, including a Nobel Laureate, will deliver lectures at the camp.

The inauguration of the camp saw water being poured on a plant. “Light a lamp creates carbon dioxide, so we have avoided it,” said Bandyopadhyay.

IISER, Kolkata is organising direct-contact programme for talented science students under the auspices of the Kishore Vaiganik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) and DST INSPIRE fellowship scheme. Two such camps are being organised simultaneously at IISER, Kolkata and IISc, Bangalore. The organisers said the camp is important to motivate young minds, especially those who want to pursue science for higher studies. Many Nobel Laureates and distinguished scientists had delivered lectures at these camps in the past.

The inaugural address was delivered by A A Natu, chairman, board of governors, IISER, Kolkata. A K Mallik delivered a lecture on “From Natural Numbers to Numbers and Curves in Nature”. On December 9, the students will have an opportunity to have glimpses of the research facilities available at the host institute.

Peter Saulson, professor of physics, Syracuse University; Marlene Zuk, professor, University of Minnesota; Alan Goldman, professor of Rutgers University will be present at the camp. Sourav Pal, director of the host institute, said the camp will encourage more students to pursue science.


Source: Times of India

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