By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 14 Jun: A five-day Summer Vacation Programme in Science under the ‘Jigyasa’ scheme was organised from 10 to 14 June at CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, here. The main objective of this summer vacation programme was to give an opportunity to the science stream students of Kendriya Vidyalayas to observe and participate in actual scientific work going on in the research laboratories. This was one of a series of such programmes to be organised at different times of the year and in different laboratories of the Institute.
The 5-day programme was inaugurated by Amar K Jain, Chief Scientist & Acting Director, CSIR-IIP, and Vinod Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Dehradun.
Under this Residential Summer Vacation Programme, a total of 41 students of Classes IX-XII (girls and boys) from thirteen Kendriya Vidyalayas of Dehradun region stayed in the CSIR-IIP campus under the tutelage of thirteen teachers. The Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) which participated in this programme were KV-Kausani; KV-Almora; KV-Mussoorie; KV-Pithoragarh; KV-Merthi; KV-Gwaldam; KV-Lohaghat; KV-Agustyamuni; KV-Lansdowne; KV-Pauri; KV-Ranikhet; KV-Sourkhand and KV-IIP.
The students were grouped in batches of 3, each, and were attached to specific laboratories for experimental activities. As a sequel to the laboratory-work at designated laboratories, the students also had the opportunity to see various analytical instruments, e.g., FT-IR, HR-GC MASS, XRD, TGA, etc.
Dr Aarti, Senior Scientist and Jigyasa Coordinator, led the programme with the help of Dr DC Pandey, Head, PED; Dr Anil Jain, Principal Scientist; Deependra Tripathi, Technical Officer; Pankaj Bhaskar and Mukul Sharma.
Dr Anjan Ray, Director, interacted with the students and spoke about importance of a clean environment. This could be done by consuming less energy and reducing green house gases (GHG). He showed a small video and few photographs of IIP campus and also stressed on protecting the ecosystem by reducing use of mobiles as it affected the butterflies, birds, etc.
At the end, the students were given participation certificates by the Director of the institute.