Ashok Sharma addresses students at the seminar on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
What can be the best way to solve the Mango water crisis in summer?
This was one of the issues on which 18 students of Classes IX and X from across East Singhbhum were made to brainstorm and come up with solutions at the East Singhbhum District Level Students’ Science Seminar, held at Kasidih High School on Monday.
The theme of the seminar, “Water Co-Operation: Issues and Challenges”, was sufficiently challenging to budding problem-busters.
National Council of Science Museums, under the Union ministry of culture, organises the meet every year across the country at the school, district and state levels.
From the district, two students — Shivangi Sinha of Little Flower School and Anisha Palit of Jamshedpur Public School — made the cut on Monday.
Both the girls handled pressure well. “Each student was given four minutes to present a power point presentation and asked a couple of questions by the judges. The content and analytical thinking of the students were judged,” said Francis Joseph, principal, Kasidih High School.
The judges were Sanchita Chakravorty, senior scientist at CSIR NML; Hari Kishore Sah, Karim City College professor; and Rajesh Kumar, faculty member of Jamshedpur Co-operative College.
Shivangi and Anisha will now represent East Singhbhum in the inter-district meet to pit their wits against other toppers. The Jharkhand State Level Students’ Science Seminar will be held in Ranchi on September 10 and 11.
One winner from the state will then head for the national meet in Mumbai on October 8.
“The objective of the science seminar is to imbibe the spirit of scientific enquiry and analytical thinking in your minds,” Ashok Sharma, East Singhbhum district education officer, told students.