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Curtains fall on State-level National Children’s Science Congress
Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Oct 18 - The 24th State-level National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC), which concluded at Dibrugarh University here on Sunday, selected two best projects for the prestigious Indian Science Congress to be held in Maharashtra in January 2017.

One of the projects is on preservation technique of potato-destroying moth without hampering the environment from Lakhimpur district, while the other is a model on multiple utilisation of energy in domestic kitchen from Nagaon. Besides, some 26 projects from the State will be represented at the National Children’s Science Congress, Varanasi. The projects were selected on the basis of age group, gender, area of representation and language, the organisers said.

Altogether, 273 budding scientists from 27 districts of the State attended the State-level event along with their teacher-guide and district coordinators. The focal theme of the event was ‘Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development with special emphasis on Accessibility for Differently-Abled Persons’.

In the four-day scientific event, the highest number of projects were presented by participants from Tinsukia district. As a part of the event, the respective districts were asked to publish souvenirs and accordingly Jorhat district won the prize for the best souvenir, while Dibrugarh and Hailakandi districts bagged the first and second runners-up

respectively.

Further, Tinsukia district also won the best organising district, while Jorhat won the best academic district award. The results were declared during the valedictory session.

In the feedback sessions held during the valedictory function, the participating students stated that the programme provided them an opportunity to develop and increase their scientific temperament and love for science. If this scientific thought process can be adapted by everyone and further applied in their respective districts, then social evils like witch- hunting can be eliminated, they opined.

The feedback session was held in the presence of Professor Alak Kumar Buragohain, Vice Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Professor MN Dutta, Registrar of Dibrugarh University, Dr Arup Kumar Mishra, Director of Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC), Ramen Gogoi, State co-ordinator of NCSC, Joydeep Barua, Working President of NCSC, Professor Deba Pallab Rajkhowa, president of Pilgrimage, Prasanta Rajguru, State Academic Coordinator of NCSC, besides others.

Vice Chancellor Buragohain during the valedictory session commented that science cannot be limited to classrooms and textbooks. One should develop their own perspective by observing and analysing their surroundings, which can be related to science, he said. Professor Buragohain also encouraged the students to read autobiographies of scientists to understand their struggle, works and thought process and get motivated.

Dr Arup Kumar Mishra of ASTEC stated that compared to the previous State-level NCSC, the current NCSC has seen an increase in students’ participation from rural areas of various districts. The fourth and the concluding day’s programme involved a tour to Bogibeel and the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited, a release stated.

The programme was organised by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi in association with Dibrugarh University and supported by the district administration. The State-level organiser of the four-day conclave was Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC).

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