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JAMMU: As a part of the India International Science Festival (IISF-2018), which is being organized jointly by Ministries of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) at Lucknow from 3rd-5th October 2018, a precursor event, “Public Outreach Programme” was organized here today at CSIR-IIIM, Jammu.

The function started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. Er Rajneesh Anand, Chief Scientist welcomed the guests, students and teachers. Dr Dhiraj Vyas, Nodal Scientist IISF-2018 elaborated the proceedings of the event and informed that more than 25 schools with about 1000 students and teachers across Jammu participated in this event. Mr Samir Vohra VIBHA representative narrated the achievements of VIBHA since its inception. A video presentation of VIBHA was also played to inspire young students.

On the occasion, the institute observed open day for students and various competitions like Quiz, Extempore and Science Models were organized for the students. A visit to various divisions of the institute was organized where the Scientists and Technical Staff demonstrated the research activities. An impressive exhibition was held in which achievements of CSIR-IIIM, Jammu were put on display.

Prof Kamal K Kapoor, Department of Chemistry, University of Jammu delivered popular science talk to the students. He enthralled the students through his practical demonstration covering different fundamental and advanced aspects of science and scientific inventions. He also encouraged the students to make science and research as their passion which would help them to discover the fundamental laws of nature and build their knowledge and creativity.

Dr Ram Vishwakarma Director IIIM in his presidential address to the students attending the event said that young minds should think critically and challenge conventional set of thinking. He also pressed for the need to develop scientific temper among students for transformation of the youth and country. Dr Vishwakarma wished the budding scholars for successful scientific endeavour.

 

Mrs Deepika Singh conducted the proceedings of the event. Er Abdul Rahim, Head PME proposed the vote of thanks. Other dignitaries who attended the function included Prof Yash Pal Sharma, Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Dr D.M. Mondhe, Dr Gurdarshan Singh, Dr Inshad A Khan, Dr Zabeer Ahmed and Pankaj Bahadur, Controller of Administration.