Correspondent JORHAT, April 26 – In what may turn out to be an inspiring news particularly for the children, teachers and the parents across the State is that two children-scientists of Assamese vernacular medium schools of Jorhat qualified for participating in the world’s largest international pre-college science competition named Intel International Science and Engineering Fair at Pittsburgh and Washington DC of United States of America from May 15 to 22 this year.
Dimpi Deori (L) and Bidisha Gogoi being felicitated by the Jorhat Science Centre and Planetarium, on Sunday. – UB Photos
Applauding the emerging talents of Bidisha Gogoi of Balya Bhavan Jorhat and Dimpi Deori of Namdeuri Higher Secondary School several citizens, scientists, teachers, School Inspector and the officials of the Jorhat Science Centre and Planetarium today felicitated both the girls and their project guides Mousumi Dutta Saikia and Uday Jyoti Bora at a grand function in the auditorium of Jorhat Planetarium.
“The success stories of Dimpi and Bidisha will inspire the young talents of our region for scientific innovation,” opined Dr Pranabjyoti Chetia, curator of Jorhat Science Centre and Planetarium.
Narrating the perseverance of the two children scientists their project guides and teachers Mousumi Dutta Saikia and Uday Jyoti Bora said that both the girls could present their innovations so beautifully that they could easily attract the scientists who selected their innovative projects in IRIS National Fair-2014 at Ahmedabad in December 2014.
Both of them were selected by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (USSTF) as their innovative scientific techniques of making energy-efficient wick for lamps and cooking practices were appreciated by the forum of international scientists.
Retired scientist of the North-East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) Dr UC Bora said that school-going children of Jorhat will be immensely enthusiastic for more innovations as the two young girls showed an exemplary instances in the applicability of science through widely applauded projects by scientists.
He requested the State Government to augment necessary equipments in the schools which are yet to be equipped with laboratories for science education in Jorhat and several other areas of the State. However, attending the meeting the Inspector of Schools said that 43 schools of the Jorhat will be provided with such facilities soon under the Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan.
Expressing hope of better science education in rural and urban areas of the district Dr Prabin Baruah of NEIST requested parents and the teachers to generate scientific thinking in the minds of the school-going children. Besides them many other dignitaries like Dr Promod Chandra Neog, Dr Jiban Chandra Sarma Kotoki, Budhin Dutta, Ripunjoy Bhuyan and several others were also present in the felicitation programme.