Jamshedpur : A batch of 50 students (Std.VIII and IX) accompanied by five teachers P. Kaur, Subodh Kumar Pradhan, R.B. Prasad, Ranjit Prasad and A.K. Dutta from Prem Jyoti Prangan, Sakchi, Jamshdepur visited CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), Jamshedpur and interacted with the working scientists and research fellows today under the aegis of faculty training and motivation, adoption of schools by CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur sponsored by HRDG, CSIR, New Delhi.
The students and teachers expressed their excitement and happiness over the laboratory visit as well as interaction with the scientists and working research scholars. In fact, they were thrilled while visiting the labs and looking at the practical set- ups and demonstrations.
Giving an overview of Indian Science & Technology and while motivating the students, Chief Scientist and Co-ordinator of the programme, Dr. N.G. Goswami said, “Science needs critical observations with reference to a phenomenon or an object not necessarily always a sophisticated laboratory in the initial stage. However, research is a systematic approach to a problem. We should learn to question ourself to unearth about the actual underlying truth”.
The students were happy to learn about the innumerable contribution of CSIR like laying the foundation of R&D in the country; efforts in making the country self sufficient in key sectors ; providing solution to many basic nagging problems and CSIR activities spread over a wide spectrum of S&T from radio and space physics, oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology.
Soni Baag, a student of Std. VIII said, “I have a mixed bag of emotions within me. I am thrilled, excited, delighted and nervous. I feel privileged that I got this opportunity to visit the laboratory and interact with the research scholars here. For me it is an opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to CSIR-NML for such a noble venture”.
“The visit to the laboratory was an eye opener. I came to know about lot of things today that I never imagined might have existed or occurred. Thanks to NML for such an opportunity”, said Niharika Sona, a student of Std. VIII.
“I loved lots of thing demonstrated in the visit. The way things were explained was very motivating and relevant. The atmosphere was very lively and the entire programme was very well co-ordinated”, said Komal Rao, a student of Std. VIII.
B Sheetal Rao was excited to learn about the Tissue Culture technique, firstly reported by CSIR (NML) Scientists that made the bamboo plant bloom within a month which normally takes hundred years.