Creative minds witnessed at INSPIRE programme

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Feb 2018 11:40:39


Staff Reporter

There was a village with an earthquake detector, street lights and a water-level indicator, a house with the perfect rainwater harvesting mechanism, a coffee-making machine, a bio-gas plant and a dynamo. These were only few of the models exhibited by students from all over the cities as well as other parts of Chhattisgarh at the district-level science exhibition conducted by ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research’ (INSPIRE), a programme of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Over thousands of students from across the city were given INSPIRE awards of Rs 5,000 each by State, in an attempt to encourage scientific temper at an early age.
‘This is a brilliant initiative by the government to communicate to students the excitement of creative pursuit of science. Such opportunities encourage practical learning, instead of rote learning which is a prevalent practise in our country,’ said Dr S S Sharma, professor of Physics. ‘In all the schools that I have visited, teachers ask for facilities like toilets or projectors. None of the schools have asked for funds to improve their laboratories. The State government is willing to spend money on such equipment and encourage scientific thought in students,’ he added.

Students from several schools including government as well as private ones of all three districts participated in the exhibition. ‘It took almost ten days to make the model. It was very interesting to be able to apply to what we learnt in text books and create something entirely new,” said Neeraj, a class 10 student of a government school in the
district, who created the model of a sensor. Models selected at the district-level exhibition will compete with models in the State-level exhibition.

Awardees selected in the State-level will get an opportunity to
participate in the national-level exhibition informed by Ashutosh Chaware, District Education Officer of the district.
On the second day, panel of judges inspected the
models and then distributed the prizes as well as certificates to the winning students.