CSIR NBRI organizes student scientist interaction to create scientific temper

Lucknow: CSIR-National Institute of Botanical Research, Lucknow and National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) Lucknow region jointly organized student-scientist interaction program. The main objective of the program was to encourage young students for a career in science.

The program was inaugurated by the Chief Guest of the function Dr. Prabodh Trivedi, Director, CSIR-CIMAP, Lucknow and Padma Shri Prof. Pramod Tandon, Chairman, National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) Lucknow Region and former CEO, Biotech Park was present as the special guest at the function.

The special guest of the function Prof. Tandon while addressing the students said that science and technology field is progressing very fast today which we can feel in our life. Due to this many questions arise in our mind. But due to ignorance, sometimes we make mistakes in the pursuit of pacifying the curiosity, so it is necessary for the students to solve the curiosity scientifically by thinking and reading. He hoped that the program would develop scientific attitude in the children and children would be motivated to go ahead in the field of science.

Dr. Prabodh Trivedi, Director, CSIR-CIMAP and the Chief Guest of the function said in his address that today the trend of people in the country and abroad has increased towards our traditional medicine system, Ayurveda. Much work can be done in this area. An example of its importance was seen during the corona epidemic. Today India is exporting Mentha and Lemon Grass, whereas at one time they had to be imported, so it is necessary that children should become aware about the plants around them. He expressed hope that this will be possible with today’s program.

Dr. Vivek Srivastava, Coordinator of CSIR-Curiosity Program at CSIR-NBRI said that Jigyasa program was started by CSIR from the year 2017 to develop scientific awareness among the students under scientific social responsibility. He said that a total of 150 students of class 11th and 12th of three Kendriya Vidyalayas of Lucknow participated in the programme. In this student-scientist interaction program, students enthusiastically visited various laboratories and facilities of the institute including the famous Botanical Garden, Plant House, Herbarium, Exhibition, Tissue Culture Lab, Transgenic Laboratory, Environmental Technology Laboratory, Electron Microscope Facility etc. done | During the visit, the curiosities of the students were quenched by expert scientists.

Earlier, welcoming the distinguished guests and students, the Director of the Institute and Fellow of the Academy, Prof. SK Barik, threw light on the genesis of the programme. He said that this program would help in creating awareness among the students and adopting science as a career. Describing the Academy, Prof. Barik said that the National Academy of Sciences, India, established in the year 1930, is the oldest science academy in the country.

The main objective of the Academy is to provide a national platform for publication of research work done by Indian scientists and to provide opportunities for exchange of ideas amongst them. Along with this the academy also organizes various lectures and science communication activities for the students of schools and colleges.

In the concluding session of the program, CSIR-NBRI Director Prof. SK Barik distributed certificates to the students and vote of thanks was presented by Senior Scientist Dr. Manish Bhoyar.

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