Ahmedabad: School students are now all set to work on not only the cleanliness of their campus, but the entire community and country, that with the intervention of science and technology. Thousands of secondary school students are participating in the National Science Seminar on the theme “Swachh Bharat: Role of Science & Technology Promises and Challenges” and raised their voice for an easy and effective way of cleanliness in the campus, community and the country.
Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (GUJCOST), working under the aegis of the Dept of Science & Technology, Govt of Gujarat had organized the district and state level competition of the National Science Seminar in association with National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) for school students of Std. VIII to X. The objective of the science seminar is to inculcate a spirit of scientific enquiry and analytical thinking in the minds of the young students.
A total of 890 schools with 1171 students (672 boys and 499 girls), 875 teachers participated in 33 districts participated in the district level science seminar on the topic, which was organized in July through the Community Science Centers and Science Club network of GUJCOST. The best two students of each districts including 66 students (31 boys and 35 girls), 66 escort teachers participated in the state science congress at Science City and presented their concept and content before a panel of experts on last Wednesday, 30th August 2017.
Ms. Hemangi S Asawat, Std. X student of Airport School, Ahmedabad was adjourned as State winner and selected to represent Gujarat at the National Science Seminar to be held at Kolkata on 9th November 2017. She was awarded with Rs.10,000/- as cash prize, certificate, safari magazine and memento from the Chief Guest Dr. Vipin Kumar, Director, National Innovation Foundation during the valedictory session.
Patel Priyanshi Mohan, Std X student of St. Fransic High School, Valsad stood second prize with Rs.7500/- as cash prize and Tiya Jain, Std X student of Chaitanya School, Gandhinagar and Amogh Sharma, Std.IX student of Sir J J High School, Navsari jointly won Rs.5000/- each as the third prize.
All the 66 students, in their presentations, lauded on the role of Science and Technology promises and challenges in Swachh Bharat mission and received merit certificates and an annual subscription of Safari science magazine at the State Science Seminar.
In the concluding session, Dr. Vipin Kumar expressed that use technology to make Swachh Bharat Mission a success. Innovation and technology adoption are required in various facets of sanitation, from cleaning of roads to management of waste, in order to make the Swachh Bharat Mission a success.
Dr. A. V. Shah, Deputy Environmental Engineer, Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), Gandhinagar, Dr. Tushar Pandya, Professor in Physics, St. Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, Dr. Mani Subramanium, Sr Scientist, Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, and Dr. Bhawana Pathak, Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainable Development, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar evaluated the students’ presentations as scientific jury members