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State makes effort to popularise science
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 28 (NPN):
Published on 1 Mar. 2011 12:10 AM IST
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Joining the rest of the nation, ‘National Science Day’ was observed on February 28 with an effort to popularize science and chemistry in the state. The event was organized by at Dimapur Nagaland Science Center with Y. Kikon NCS, Secretary & Ex-officio Director, department of science and technology, Nagaland as the chief guest.
Keeping in line with the theme, “Chemistry in our lives”, the chief guest for the occasion urged students to keep pace with the advancement of science and technology in today’s world.
He said information and technology has grown so vast that students have to take additional interest to catch up with its advancement especially in the field of chemistry. Stating chemistry plays a vital role in one’s lives, Kikon urged students not to be under the impression that chemistry is boring especially in their class rooms.
He also urged students to acquire qualities such as honesty, truthfulness and sincerity in order to reach greater heights in life.
A “Science Magic” show was also conducted by Sosangtemjen, education assistant, Nagaland Science Center and Richard Rikhio, Curator, Nagaland Science Center which left the school children spell bound.
In addition, a magic show on making hydrogen bomb, silent bomb in the laboratory with the help of HCL, Zinc and vinegar and sodium bicarbonate and the sunset magic show with the help of light and chemicals left the children wanting for more.
Earlier, Richard Rikhio, Curator, Nagaland Science Center during his welcome speech said ‘National Science Day’ was organized to show the wonders of chemistry and how chemistry benefits human lives especially with regard to food, life saving drugs, cosmetics etc.
He said ‘National Science Day’ was to popularize science, especially chemistry in the state. It may be mentioned that ‘National Science Day’ is celebrated every year on February 28 in honour of Dr. CV Raman for his Raman Effect, a phenomenon in which the wavelength of light changes when a light beam is deflected by molecules, which was awarded Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
Besides, National Science Day offers an opportunity to bring issues of science on to centre stage. The activities organized on the occasion provide public with an occasion to personally attend various programmes and be aware of the emerging issues of immediate concern. Organizing activities with the involvement of large number of people results into purposeful interaction between the science fraternity and the common people for mutual benefit.
A Chakhesang folk song and Lotha folk song by Zuve cultural club entertained the gathering on the occasion.

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