For a fruitful career, the seeds of knowledge must be sown early. And Jamshedpur-based National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) has decided to do just that.
The oldest among 37 laboratories of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), NML has decided to help government and government-aided schools in East Singhbhum district improve their infrastructure.
The prestigious research hub will donate spare computers, laboratory equipment, chemicals, kits and other supplies for science experiments.
The idea is to provide poor students an exposure to research and development in order to imbibe in them a knack for science.
NML director S. Srikanth announced this at the district-level Jawaharlal Nehru Science Exhibition at Hindustan Mitra Mandal High School on Thursday, where he was the chief guest.
N.G. Goswami, the chief scientist-cum-public information officer of the lab, said: “There are many scientists who switch over to new computers for various reasons and the older ones are kept in the store. If someone can benefit from these unused machines, we would like to donate them.”
Besides, government schoolchildren do not now how a laboratory looks. Also, teachers in such schools do not have resources. Hence, the metallurgical lab will provide cradles with various equipment so that science experiments can be conducted, Goswami added.
Although there are many schools which lack a laboratory, the district education office will select the needy cradles.
Of late, NML has shifted focus to government-run institutions in its School-NML Interactive Programme, whereby students from Classes VIII to XII are given access to its facilities and archives every Friday.
The objective of the programme is to counsel young minds so that they can make a career in science. The focus now is on poor students so that they are introduced to the fascinating world of science.