School students participate in nanoscience quiz

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Aligarh : Students from across various Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Aligarh based schools including Woodbine School, OLF, Al Barkat, AMU Girls High School, Blackdale School and Minto Circle participated in two quiz competitions held as part of an Outreach Programme of the Interdisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre (INC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to raise awareness of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology among school students.

In the first contest, Saliha Shaheen (AMU Girls High School) bagged the first prize; while Zainab Batool (Al- Barkat Public School) and Ayushi Chaudhary (AMU Girls High School) finished second and third respectively.

Ilma Qazi (SSGH) won the second quiz with Syed Saadat Ahmad (Sayyid Hamid Senior Secondary School-Boys) in second place. Ashraf Aziz (STS school) got the third prize.

Apprising the students on the cutting-edge area of Nanotechnology, Prof Absar Ahmed (INC Founder Director) said: “When my generation was at school, students had no idea about Nanoscience. Now it is our duty to inform the school kids about how exciting and rewarding a career in nanoscience and technology can be”.

He discussed the future of drugs in Nanotechnology and called the students for rounded discussions on Nanoscience.

“I am sure all the school children plunged deep into the world of atoms and materials through presentations and inviting pictures of fluorescent quantum dots, magnetic Nanoparticles, Nanosensors and Nanodevices”, he said.

The present INC Director, Dr Mohammad Azhar Aziz emphasised: “The idea was to put the students in place with diverse perspectives on the benefits of nanotechnology in a programme that neither talks down to children nor goes over their heads”.

He conducted two sessions with over 50 student participants with fascinating discussions and illustrations showing the beauty of nanoscale patterns in the wonderful atmosphere of a laboratory.

Dr Azhar Aziz’s presentations, accessible texts and richly shaded pictures provided the students with the understanding of various applications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

In the closing remarks, Dr Farasha Sama pressed the need for inspiring the next generation for transforming lives through Nanoscience innovations.

 

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