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Science and Technology Major Drivers for Nation’s Progress: Dr. Jerath

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | March 02, 2021 01:26 PM

KAPURTHALA: Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala in collaboration with IISER Mohali and Punjab State Council for Science & Technology celebrated National Science Day in virtual mode. Around 200 students from all Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and neighbouring states participated in the program. This year the theme for the National Science Day (NSD) 2021 is"Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills and Work".
Dr. Neelima Jerath, Director General, Science City while giving introductory remarks said that National Science Day is celebrated on February 28 every year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian Physicist Sir C V Raman on 28 February 1928. She emphasized that Science and Technology drive every nation’s progress and prosperity, as well as, is an essential tool to meet the challenges related with sustainable development. She called upon the teaching community to motivate students to learn and apply scientific concepts in their daily life so as to ignite their interest in research and innovation.
A special talk on Bioacoustics was delivered by Dr. Manjari Jain, Associate Professor , Biological Sciences, IISER Mohali on this occasion. She said that Bioacoustics is a branch of science that deals with understanding of acoustic communication in animals. This also includes studying the ecology and behaviour of animals like birds, bats, insects etc. that communicate with each other using sound and vibrations. Further, she said that bioacoustics can also be used to monitor biodiversity and environmental changes including alteration of natural habitats, noise pollution and changes in environmental temperature.
Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director Science City, said that sustainable future can only be achieved only through Science and Technology. He emphasized that the knowledge and skills of the students in various areas of science and technology must be enriched to develop an informed and knowledgeable society.
A declamation contest was also organized for students of class 6 to 11 on this occasion. The first prize in Category 1 (class 6 to 8) & Category 2 (class 9 to 11) was won by Kamalika and Sumandeep Kaur from Bawa Lalwani Public School Kapurthala , second prize bagged to Kriti walia and Yashkaran Rattu from Bawa Lalwani Public School Kapurthala and G.S.S.S Gandhi Camp Jalandhar respectably.

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