Institute of Nano Science & Technology (INST) organized an open day outreach program for school, college students and general public today in a bid to promote science awareness among the common people. It was inaugurated by Shri. Chandra Mohan, Former Chairman of Punjab tractors & Swaraj Mazda and Dr. Jatinder Kaur Arora, Executive Director, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, who presided the event as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. More than 100 students across various schools, colleges and university including Chandigarh University, Ashiana Children’s homes at Panchkula took part in the event.
Welcoming the audience, Prof. Ashok K. Ganguli, Director-INST said “INST has been pioneering such events to foster scientific awareness for general public and identify bright children and extraordinary teachers from rural and remote part of the country”. Several scientific lectures were arranged on application of science in daily life by the INST scientists to school, college students and common people from tricity. Later in the day, there was “Meet the Scientist” event where scientists and PhD scholars demonstrated interesting experiments. Students were excited to observe simple experiments such as lemon to generate electricity, science of bread making, science of turning invisible, and battery waste to generate secondary battery. All the laboratories were open to common public during the event.
“Such interactive event packed with public lecture with demonstration will definitely help the kids from Ashiana in developing their scientific temperament” quoted by one of the representative from Ashiana Children’s home.
The event was organized as a pre-event for the 3rd India International Science Festival (IISF) to be held during 13-16 October, 2017 at IIT-Madras under the aegis of Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA). IISF-2017 with its theme “Science for New India” will have active involvement of scientific community across the country and it will showcase the achievements of Indian science.