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Kids get a lesson in creativity & spontaneity

A group of scientists spoke to students about their favourite subject and guided them on how to strive for their goals at a programme on the sidelines of the Children Science Congress.

Around 150 students from 15 schools interacted with scientists on the Heritage campus on Sunday.

The speakers were Nobel laureate Yuan Tseh Lee, Govindasamy Mugesh of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Bhaskar Saha of National Centre For Cell Science, Pune, Thirumalachari Ramasami, secretary to the government of India, department of science and technology, Shankar Doraiswamy of National Institute of Oceanography, Tarun Kant of IIT Bombay, Partha Pratim Chakrabarti off IIT Kharagpur, and Satyesh Chandra Pakrashi of Indian National Science Academy.

Lee expressed disappointment at one’s decreasing inquisitiveness with age. He also differentiated between the best and worst schools. “Worst schools are those that don’t give students time to do their own thing. The best ones allow kids to explore.”

Kant agreed.“Imagination is the key to success in science. To remain curious and creative, you must have dreams.”

Saha emphasised on spontaneity. “Science is one of the greatest adventures of life. Everyone should come to science. Spontaneity is the most important thing,” he said.

Mugesh shared his rather inspiring journey from a village in Tamil Nadu. “My father had studied till Class III and mother till Class II. They never told me what subject to take up. They just asked me to study well,” said Mugesh.