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Science popularization workshop held in Shillong

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Nov 2017 12:00 AM GMT

From Staff Correspondent

Shillong, Nov 2: The Academy Trust of Bengaluru organized a science popularization workshop at St Anthony’s Higher Secondary School here on Wednesday.

The workshop comprised a lecture on biotechnology, a science quiz and an activity-based learning session called Fun-Sci, a press release stated.

A charitable trust that works to promote the cause of science and technology across India, Academy Trust was set up in 2014 under the auspices of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru (IASc) that was founded by Sir CV Raman in 1934.

The event was held for school students as a component of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the IASc to be organized from Friday to Sunday at North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), which is expected to witness enthusiastic participation of the fellowship of the Academy along with researchers, teachers and students, among others.

The workshop started with a popular science talk on “Biotechnology: Scope and Opportunities” by Dr SR Joshi from NEHU, where he outlined the diverse applications of the discipline in sectors ranging from agriculture, industry, fuel, and health to textiles and cosmetics.

Joshi also introduced the students to the concepts of genetic modification, genetic counseling and gene therapy. Encouraging the students to pursue a career beyond engineering and medicine, he also guided the aspiring students on pursuing a career in biotechnology.

The talk was followed by a quiz on the topic of “Health and Diseases” conducted by Dr Aditya Kumar of Tezpur University, an associate of IASc. The activity-based learning session called Fun-Sci comprised hands-on activities, puzzles and demonstrations related to basic scientific concepts such as centrifugal force, pressure and waves.

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