Jalandhar December 21 (Jaswinder Singh Azad)- More than 350 school students have set off to exhibit their innovative science projects at the 30th State Level Children Science Congress (CSC) being hosted by DAV University, Jalandhar. The Science Congress is being organized by Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST) in collaboration with SCERT, Department of School Education, Punjab and DAV University, Jalandhar.
About 150 projects revolving around the theme ‘Understanding Ecosystem for Health and Well Being’ aim at seeking solution to complex environmental issue through micro management. The projects brought by the school children from various government and private schools were adjudged best at the respective district level.They would be evaluated by the experts and the selected projects would compete at the national level competition to be held in Ahmedabad in January 2023.
The event was jointly inaugurated by Dr. K.S. Bath, Joint Director, PSCST and Dr Manoj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, DAV University. Dr Bath said that Children Science Congress (CSC) was a unique pan-India platform to provide opportunity to school science students for understanding the societal challenges in their neighborhood through small research projects and suggest scientific solutions for their addressal.
Dr Manoj Kumar said that he was pleased to discover that the students at a very young age had started thinking about preserving the global ecology through small initiatives at their neighbourhood.
Various dignitaries present at the event included Dr. Shruti Shukla, Deputy Director of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), Sh. Gursharan Singh, District Education Officer (Schools), Jalandhar. The event was coordinated by Dr. Mandakini Thakur, Scientist, PSCST, Sh. Harjit Bawa, DM-Science, Jalandhar and Dr. Puja Rattan, Associate Professor, DAV University, Jalandhar.
Namya Sharma and Mankirat Singh studying in sixth standard at BCM Arya International School utilized single use plastic for mulching in small patch of garden at their school and discovered that black colour plastic sheets led to the better production of brinjals in comparison to the plants mulched with other materials. “We utilized waste product to ensure better productivity,” both smiled.
Kamalpreet Kaur and Divyansh from Government High School Adamwal researched on the indigenous household methods adopted by the farmers to check lumpy skin disease in the animals. These eight graders discovered that household methods including fumes of neem and curry leaves proved effective in keeping the disease carrying insects at a bay. The farmers applied turmeric on the lumps on the animal skin and it proved effective in treating them.