A model on disaster management at the exhibition on Ranchi University convocation grounds on Tuesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
The convocation grounds of Ranchi University were abuzz on Tuesday with schoolgoers for a state-level science exhibition-cum-competition.
At the contest organised by state HRD department under Inspire, Union ministry of science and technology., as many as 411 models, selected from districts across Jharkhand, were showcased.
The talking point? There were more models from rebel-hit and lesser-developed districts than from the capital.
Appreciating the efforts of children from the hinterland, state human resource development (HRD) minister Geetashree Oraon, chief guest at the event, said: “I have always believed students in remote areas are as talented as their counterparts staying in cities. The only difference is that the rural ones do not enjoy proper facilities and exposure.”
Rajendra Nath Tripathy, deputy director of state HRD department and nodal officer for Inspire, said the state HRD department had been organising the competition for the past three years.
“From here, about 25 models will be selected for the national-level event scheduled to be held in October in New Delhi,” he said, adding that the scheme aimed at promoting the application of scientific concepts to everyday life.
“We allocated Rs 5,000 per model to each of the participating schools,” he said.
Most models showcased at the exhibition illustrated how science could be applied to minimise the adverse impact of climate change and conserve environment resources.
Namita Kumar, an eighth grader from Dhanbad, who prepared a model on disaster management, said she wanted to do her bit to minimise the damage in calamities such as the recent Uttarakhand cloudburst and flood tragedy.
“I was shocked when I saw footage of the Uttarakhand disaster on TV,” said Namita.
Girls of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Ranchi, also illustrated how a kitchen garden could bust budget woes in times of inflation.
Veggie leftovers could also be harnessed to generate electricity for household use.
Anima Khatoon, a Class VIII student of a government school in Pakur, said her model focuses on not wasting what is generally called refuse.
“Waste materials of any kind, if used in a proper way with effective management, can be useful in several ways. It’s called recycling,” said the budding scientist.
The results of the exhibition were declared on Tuesday evening. Of the 25 winners, 12 were girls.