By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 19 Jul: A talk show on ‘Skill Development: Startup & Innovation’ was the highlight on the second day of the mega science exhibition, ‘Destination Uttarakhand’. Students from several government schools and NGOs participated enthusiastically and took keen interest in several stalls. The speakers at the session were In-charge, Incubation Centre, Dr Vishal; Senior Scientist, Union Ministry of Ayush’s Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Dr BC Lakhera; Senior Scientist E at ARIES, Nainital, Dr Shashi Bhushan Pandey, and Senior Manager, MSTCL, Mayur Dimri. The session was moderated by Associate Professor, Dolphin Institute of Biomedical Natural Sciences, Sanjay Aggarwal. During the session, they discussed what a startup means and how it is different from an industry. Mayur Dimri threw light on Startup funding. He said, “Not every startup is successful. Digitalisation is a great alternative. E Commerce is a great option for farmers that enables them to get buyers online.” Dr Vishal spoke about the new kind of jobs that have come up. He remarked that the traditional jobs had reduced. He stated, “Incubators nurture and help new ideas. They are vital and necessary for startups.” Later during the session, startup ideas from the audience were taken and discussed. The students thronged the stall of Bharat Electronics Limited. Speaking about their work, Rajesh Kumar from BEL stated, “We are manufacturers of radars for the Indian Army. We are guided by a vision to make the country self-reliant in defence electronics. We are India’s foremost defence electronics company.” They exhibited their night vision devices and communications exchange. Students took immense interest as Yashpal Tomar from BEL explained to them the principles behind the functioning of these machines. A prize distribution ceremony for the exhibition is scheduled to be held on 20 July.