Nagpur: ‘Science Expo’, a unique event to bridge the gap between science and society is organized every year at Raman Science Centre, Nagpur, with collaborative efforts of Science & Technology institutions. The objective of the event is to act as an interface between science and society. It greatly helps in creating awareness in the society about the Research & Development works being carried out in various scientific institutions.
Raman Science Centre and other scientific institutions in Maharashtra are jointly organising ‘Science Expo’ to create awareness among the school/college students; bring students and general masses face to face with practicing scientists; and also to motivate students about the benefits of choosing science as their career.
The second day of the Science Expo 2017 at Raman Science Centre and Planetarium, Nagpur was very successful. Slightly more than 9000 students visited the expo on 19th January. The stalls of the scientific organisations were manned by senior scientists who explained the working of their labs in great detail. There were two scientific popular lectures one at 12 Noon and one at 3:30 PM. The 12 Noon lecture was delivered by Dr. K.V. George, Senior Principal Scientist at CSIR-NEERI. The speaker was introduced to the audience consisting of over 150 students by the Project Coordinator N. Ramdas Iyer. Dr. George spoke on the importance of the education system informing the students about various issues related to water pollution, air pollution, solid waste disposal etc. This will enable them into growing up into responsible adults. He spoke of the recent environmental crisis caused by the smog cover in Delhi and discussed the case in detail. The lecture was highly appreciated.
The second lecture was delivered by Dr. Jagdish Prasad, Principal Scientist of the ICAR- National Bureau of Soil Survey. He talked of soil as an ecosystem and a non-renewable resource. It has various roles to perform in the welfare of mankind and therefore it is our responsibility to monitor and maintain soil health. This lecture was attended by 130 students and there was a lively interaction after the lecture was delivered. Students who visited the stalls were also full of praise for the different concepts, technologies and products displayed there.
The ‘Science Expo’ will remain open for the public every day from 11.00 am to 5.30 pm till 22 January 2017. Popular Science Lectures will be held at 12.00 pm, and 3.30 pm every day. Visiting public & Students will be given free entry to the Science Expo site and to the lectures.