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Encouraging kids to explore the night sky

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Special Correspondent

SILCHAR, March 10: Kids of Mazargram, a remote village near Udharbond, Silchar witnessed “Night Sky Observation with Telescope” under the guidance of Dr. Himadri Shekhar Das. Dr. Das, assistant professor and his team from Physics Department of Assam University, was invited for ‘Night Sky Observation with Telescope’ by We The People of Barak Valley, a societal establishment, Mazargram Youth Club and a local organization Siksha Se, in the premises of Happy Valley ME School recently. It was organized in order to promote science and arouse interest in education and knowledge of astronomy among children. More than 200 children, their guardians, teegers, youths and elderly persons of the area were present in the event.

Dr. Himadri Shekhar Das spoke on astronomy in his own way before the kids, replying to their queries regarding astronomical phenome. The excitement of kids had no limits when they watched Jupiter and its 4 satellites and craters of moon through their ked eyes. It was for the first time they have had such experience in their tive village. Dr. Das expressed his satisfaction at the curiosity level the children and said such events on astronomy would encourage and inspire students to know more about the known and unknown things of the space.

Such a novel initiative was initiated by Ashok Kumar Deb, president, We The People of Barak Valley. Deb took the opportunity to speak about the achievements Bikram Koiri, a boy from tea garden, for qualifying UPSC examition to reach the stage of excellence. Presently, he is undergoing training for IAS. The accolade to Koiri drew huge appreciation and Deb hoped more and more such talents would come out of this Valley to prove their mettle.

People of Mazargram warmly extended their gratitude to Dr. Himadri Shekhar Das, Amritakhsha Kar, PhD scholar and the entire team of Physics Department of Assam University. Words of thanks also went out to Uttam Koiri, Shekar Koiri of Mazargram Youth Club and Ashok Kumar Deb, Saurabh Koiri, Surajit Das Gupta, Ashit Goon of We The People of Barak Valley for their active role in organizing such unique event in their tive village. Sourabh Koiri, founder and general secretary of We The People of Barak Valley, said his organization was set up not only to promote and propagate science and education in society but also taking up other causes in larger public interests related to road safety and protection of environment. He also added to say that encouraged by the interest and enthusiasm among the new generation, more such events in tea garden and rural areas would be organized.

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