Models of various missiles and armament systems are on display at an exhibition at KIIT International School, Bhubaneswar, as part of the 75th Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Science Showcase: Roadmap to 2047.
The weeklong exhibition is being organised by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in collaboration with Integrated Test Range (ITR), NIF, IMMT, STD (Govt. of Odisha), ORSAC, Odisha Bigyan Academy, IMA and KIIT-TBI.
The missile models on display include Agni, Akash, Prithvi, Brahmos, Astra, Nag and armament systems (MBT Arjun Tank, Artillery Gun).
Students and teachers from schools in Bhubaneswar participated in the exhibition and interacted with about 20 grassroots scientists who have been felicitated by the National Innovation Foundation. About 1,200 delegates have registered for the event.
The exhibition was inaugurated in the presence of M.K. Mishra, secretary, E&IT and Science and Technology, Government of Odisha; P.K. Mallick, additional PCCF and chief executive, ORSAC; K. Srinivasan, regional officer, CBSE, Bhubaneswar; and Achyuta Samanta, founder, KIIT and KISS; Mona Lisa Bal, chairperson, KIIT International School; and Sanjay Suar, principal, KIIT International School.
“Science is the understanding of different things. Technology is the way to take science forward. Science should be for common people. Nowadays technology has become our way of life. Everybody experienced the importance of technology during the pandemic,” Mishra said.
Mallick encouraged students to develop a scientific temper and learn to practise it. “We need science to grow, live, and develop. Science and technology are two hands of humans. Conceptualising something is science, while making it reality is technology,” he said.
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is being celebrated at 75 locations across the country, with the main programme in Delhi. Science and technology organisations of the country are committed to ensuring that the benefits of science, technology and innovation reach the masses and help the society circumvent various problems.
KIIT International School chairperson Bal said the school was proud to be a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. “Science and technology have always been an essential part of our existence and now more than ever we have realised its importance with the pandemic. We are entering the post-digital era where technology will be an intrinsic part of our lives. We are already experiencing and making use of science and technology in almost every aspect of our daily lives from going to places to ordering groceries and even learning. Aligning with the vision of the Government of India, this exhibition is especially relevant in the current times, and I hope all the children visiting this learn something new and are inspired to embrace science and technology.”