JORHAT, Dec 4 - Under the CSIR-800 programme, a team of 12 PhD research scholars, along with two medical staff from CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology at Pulibor visited Holalbari Gohain Gaon at Lahdoigarh on the eastern outskirts here from November 28 to 30 to carry out a socio-economic, health and agriculture survey.
A press note issued by the CSIR-NEIST stated that the team of 12 PhD research scholars during their three-day visit also gave training and undertook dissemination of information of suitable rural technologies developed by CSIR-NEIST for socio-economic development of rural people.
CSIR-800 aims to create and nurture a sense of social consciousness and responsibility by participation in science and technology activity relevant to the nation, the note said.
Based on the theme of the survey, the scholars visited the Meleng Gohain Gaon High School, Holalbari, and interacted with the students, teachers, including the staff members to look into the education quality and physical fitness, it added.
The note informed that the group collected the inputs from four teachers and 38 students about school performance, academic activities and services. The fitness survey regarding their (students and teachers) health was done and documented.
Three experiments were conducted in the classroom itself wherein the importance of science in daily life was explained, the note said.
The team also exhibited some scientific experiments and popular science videos to disseminate scientific awareness among the students. The survey also included physical examination of the villagers and analyzed their economic status, livelihood and day-to-day problems, the note stated.
Certain herbal products developed at CSIR-NEIST, stationeries and laboratory glass-wares, pen, pencil, duster, eraser, chocolates and charts of periodic table were distributed among the students and villagers as part of the survey.
The team also visited several households and for the medical part of the survey, the team collected data from family members and details about their regular diet, the note added.
Considering the growing need for awareness on women health and hygiene, the team also interacted with the women-folk and shared experiences and information about menstrual hygiene and birth control, the note mentioned.