| A participant in the National Children Science Congress. File picture |
July 16: The Kamrup (metro) district organising committee of the 20th National Children Science Congress will take the help of Axom Sarba Siksha Abhijan in a bid to encourage participation of government schools in the science congress.
Kamrup (metro) district co-ordinator of the Congress, Tarun Deka, told The Telegraph that participation of government schools was low compared to their private counterparts in the district.
He said to encourage the students and teachers of government schools to get involved in the science congress, the mission had promised the organisers to take an initiative.
“The Sarba Siksha Abhijan has promised to help us so that we can bring more participants from the government schools to the science congress. Although there has not been any formal letter from the mission, its senior officials have taken up the issue seriously,” Deka said.
He said this year they were hopeful of getting more participants than last year in the science congress.
Last year, more than 200 students from various schools, mostly private ones, of the district participated in the congress. The number of models displayed at the competition was 63.
The National Children’s Science Congress is a nationwide programme initiated by NCSTC-Network New Delhi in 1993 and supported by RVPSV, department of science and technology of the government of India.
Children in the age group of 10 to17 years may join the programme as child scientists.
The Kamrup (metro) district organisers have held two orientation camps in the city among the students and teachers to train them how to prepare for the district-level science congress, which will be held on September 2.
In the orientation camps, the teachers were instructed on how to help the students make their science models, which would be sent to the congress.
The congress changes its theme every two years and this time its theme is energy, one of the most important things in modern human civilisation.
The students will have to make science models dealing with various aspects of energy.
Some selected models will be sent to participate in the state-level competition to be held at Biswanath Chariali in Sonitpur district from October 11 to 14.
The national-level competition will be held with a five-day programme from December 27.
One of the orientation camps was organised on June 24 at the Science Express (Exhibition on Train) at Kamakhya railway station.
The 16-coach science train, with information on various scientific explanations and developments in the country, was touring the Northeast during that time.