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Five-day 16th NCSC concludes

Minister for planning and parliamentary affairs, T. R. Zeliang addressing the valedictory function. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 31 (NPN):
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Published on 31 Dec. 2008 11:16 PM IST
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The five-day 16th National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) which started on December 27 with its inauguration by former president of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam concluded Wednesday with Nagaland minister for planning and parliamentary affairs, T. R. Zeliang gracing the valedictory function as the chief guest. Zeliang expressed hope that the Congress would enable the children to pursue their natural curiosity and promote their creativity and scientific temperament. He felt an urgent need for conflict resolution and peace for individuals to attain their fullest potential at this juncture of global polarization, violence and conflict. Urging the child scientists to think seriously about the global warming as they have the potential to give optimum contribution to uphold the nation, Zeliang said he wanted to see them as scientists of the nation tomorrow. He asked all those who came from outside to share the pleasant and peaceful state of Nagaland to their friends, parents and colleagues when they go back home. He congratulated all the winners and participants of the Congress. Guest of honour, NU vice chancellor, Prof. Kannan advised the students not to imitate others but to work hard as it was the only solution to success. He asserted there were lots of unsung heroes in the country who should be invited to speak during such programmes for the benefit of the students. NCSTC-Network, Prof Yash Pal, who also delivered a short speech, expressed delight putting it in Hindi as “Maza agya yaar”. He hoped that the children would keep up with their curiosity in learning science applications. Scientist-E, RVPSP, DST, GOI, Dr. D.K. Pandey; Chairman NCSTC-Network, Dr. A.K. Goswami; Administrator LFHSS, Dimapur (co-host), Arthur Edwards, and Principal DPS, Dimapur (co-host) also delivered short speeches. Secretary S&T, YRS, Fisheries &member secretary, SOC, 16th NCSC Nagaland, K.T. Sukhalu delivered the welcome address while the co-ordinator, NIHESW & co-convenor cum organizing secretary, 16th NCSC porposed the vote of thanks. Report of the 16th NCSC as well as the results were presented by chairman, academic committee, Jaideep Baruah. Out of the total 556 projects presented during the Science Congress, 23 projects were selected which would be compiled in a book format for reference during the next NCSC that would be held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat from Dec 27 to 31, 2009. Students presented the projects in 14 different languages. There were 39 evaluators for the project out of which 22 were from Nagaland. Altogether 556 students participated where 277 were female and 279 male. The NCSC which Nagaland hosted for the first time was attended by over 1,200 students, teachers and scientists and various interactive sessions between scientists and students and model displays were held. Various programes were held at Livingstone Foundation Higher Secondary School, Thahekhu and Delhi Public School Dimapur with the former as the main venue of the Congress. The 16th NCSC was held under the theme: “Planet Earth our Home: Explore Share and Care”. The programme was jointly organised by the Nagaland Institute of Health; Environment & Social Welfare (NIHESW) and the Government of Nagaland.

 
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