By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 29 May: A three-day Summer Residential Programme in Science under the ‘Jigyasa’ scheme was organised from 27 to 29 May at CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, here. The main focus was on connecting school students and scientists to extend students’ classroom learning with well-planned research laboratory-based learning. Through this programme, students got an opportunity to observe and participate in the actual ongoing scientific work in the laboratories and the programme aimed to ignite in them an interest in basic science.
The programme was inaugurated by Amar Kumar Jain, Chief Scientist & Acting Director, CSIR-IIP. He motivated the students on science and latest technological developments. He urged the students to think what better they could do for society and the environment. The students needed to work as a team and share knowledge.
Dr N Viswanadham, Senior Principal Scientist, delivered a lecture to the students on “Application of Chemistry in Daily Life”. He said that every innovation or technology involved basic chemistry and students ought to think of and view everything from a new angle. Dr Suman Lata Jain, Principal Scientist, presented her talk on Carbon Dioxide Chemistry and its utilization.
A total of 55 students of Classes IX-XII (girls and boys) and twelve teachers from eleven Kendriya Vidyalayas of the Dehradun region viz, the KVCSIR-IIP; the KV-OLF; the KV-ONGC; the KV-OFD; the KV-IMA; the KV-HBK1; the KV, HBK-2; the KV-FRI; the KV-ITBP; the KV-Birpur and the KV-Cantt Dehradun participated in this programme.
Scientists of the Institute taught them about the types of crude oils, their origin, refining, testing and application as well. The students were shown how the analysis was done of petroleum products using sophisticated techniques and also visited several laboratories of the Institute.
On the final day, a general science quiz competition was also conducted for the students, and the winning students received prizes from Poonam Gupta, Acting Director, at the valedictory function.
This successful “Jigyasa Programme” was coordinated by Dr Aarti, Senior Scientist, with the help of Dr DC Pandey, Head, PED, Dr Anil Jain, Principal Scientist, Deependra Tripathi, Technical Officer; Pankaj Bhaskar, Mukul Sharma and Pradeep Pundir.