Fostering Scientific Temper


Fostering Scientific Temper. The National Science Day was celebrated as Vigyanotsav 2014 at University of Hyderabad (UoH) from February 22 onwards...

National Science Day celebrated as VIGYANOTSAV 2014 at UoH

Hyderabad: The National Science Day was celebrated as Vigyanotsav 2014 at University of Hyderabad (UoH) from February 22 onwards and culminating on February 28. The theme for this year was ‘Fostering Scientific Temper and the programme was jointly organised by the Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences and the Junior Science Club of UoH.

Over 10 schools from the twin cities as well as three colleges participated in the event which included quiz, elocution and science fiction writing competitions held on February 22.

The chief guest was Dr. S Shivaji, LV Prasad eye Institute, Hyderabad, and he gave the keynote lecture on Antarctica’s microbial biodiversity. Apart from this there were 60 experimental demonstrations and university lab visits.

The event was inaugurated by Prof Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor, UoH. In his inaugural address, he appreciated the efforts of the students and spoke about the excitement of science, quoting several examples from his own experience and also mentioned about Sir CV Raman, whose discovery of Raman Effect is commemorated as the National Science Day.

The inaugural was followed by the distinguished lecture by Dr S Shivaji. In his interesting talk he spoke about the importance of microbial life forms and their ability to survive in extreme conditions which could be used for the benefit of mankind. After the talk, prizes were given away to the winners of the competitions held during the event.

Later the participants were shown around 60 basic scientific demonstrations like AC/DC Motor, two stroke and four stroke engines, reflection/transmission of light etc. which were organised by Agastya Foundation. Simultaneously, students were also taken to the Centre for Nanotechnology and the School of Engineering Sciences, where they were shown the Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

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