Gandhinagar: The Royal Society of Chemistry, India and Salters’ Institute, UK are conducting a three-day residential Chemistry Camp for 9th standard students at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) from December 10-12, 2019. The aim of the Salters’ Chemistry Camp is to promote appreciation for chemistry among school students from diverse backgrounds, by providing them an opportunity to explore practical chemistry and inspire them to pursue chemistry at university and further.
Around sixty school students of 9th standard from State Government Schools in and around Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad have participated in this three-day residential Chemistry Camp programme that infuses fun in learning chemistry and motivate students to develop both – an awareness of, and a long-term interest in chemical sciences.
The Salters’ Chemistry Camps India, part of the “Inspirational Science Programme” project in India, has been supported by Dr. Yusuf Hamied (Non-executive Chairman – Cipla Limited), a leading Indian philanthropist and pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry.
This is the first Chemistry camp conducted at IIT Gandhinagar. Since the launch of this programme in 2015, total twenty eight Salters’ Chemistry camp have been completed by training around 1700 students from over 600 schools across 17 states.
Prof Sairam Mallajosyula, a faculty in the discipline of Chemistry at IIT Gandhinagar expressed happiness over IITGN’s association with the Royal Society of Chemistry. He said, “School students must get more opportunities such as this to inspire young children to take up science and work towards societal benefits.” Dr Sriram Kanvah Gundimeda and Dr Sivapriya Kirubakaran, faculty members in Chemistry, the coordinators of this event at IIT Gandhinagar echoed the statement and urged every higher education institute to give opportunities for a strong hands-on-learning experience for our country’s growth in science.
Salters Chemistry Camps provides an action-packed programme including hands-on practical activities in University labs, exciting chemical demonstrations, the chance to meet like-minded students, and a taste of hostel life inside the campus.