DOOMDOOMA: Dr Jai Singh Parihar, former scientist and Deputy Director, Space Application Centre, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Ahmedabad, who had been to Assam in connection with the 27th State-level National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) held at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), Rangajan in Tinsukia district on November 3 and November 4, delivered a speech on ‘Space Science - its scope and career opportunities’ in the valedictory function as chief guest, besides interacting with the child Scientists during the two days.
When asked about his opinion about the State-level NCSC, 2019 that he had attended as a scientist, he said, “The 27th State-level National Children’s Science Congress- 2019 with the central theme of ‘Science, Technology, and Innovation for Clean, Green and Healthy Nation’ was on the most timely and appropriate topic. The type of environmental problems being faced and its intensity in different regions is strong enough a reason to create awareness as well as institute preventive measures to minimize the problems. It is very important to institute such mechanisms in those regions where degradation is relatively less so that preventive actions can be taken before the situation goes beyond control. Sensitizing the young minds about the need for cleanliness and finding the green solutions to problems will go a long way in meeting this objective.”
He added, “Choice of Rangajan, Doomdooma, as the venue for the congress was a wise decision. It has been amply proved by the participation as well as the submission of more projects from schools in rural areas in Assam State. The overwhelming response and participation of the local population, both young and old, to see the exhibits and witness the interaction between participating students and eminent scientists from different fields of science and technology, further justifies the choice of venue. The scientific temperament and awareness of participating students are evident from the projects formulated by them. The projects are based on the understanding of the root cause of problems and exploring the use of green sources for solutions. The scientific talent of students was also evident in the diversity and range of searching questions asked by them in the interaction meets. Participating students displayed their multifaceted talent through their performance in the cultural programmes- poetry, song, dance, and drama. Needless to say that organizing such programmes in rural areas will result in enthusing the students residing in places with a lower level of access to amenities, and ultimately create much larger and quality scientific/technological human resource. Such a programme will help in creating environmentally aware, responsive and responsible citizens.”