A state camp was held at Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development (VLEAD, an initiative of SVYM) in the city on Sunday. 113 of the 120 students selected in the written round in November 2016 participated in the camp. Every student took eight rounds of assessments including written tests, experiments, video appreciation and situational problem analysis.
Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM) is a national-level talent search examination, organised by Vigyan Prasar, Vijnana Bharati and NCERT, to popularise science, identify and nurture talented students from across the community. Nearly 1 lakh students participated in the written exam across the country in November 2016. The top 120 students, 20 per class, from each state were selected for the state camp.
Dr Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) briefed the participants about the work done by DFRL and called upon the students to take up pure sciences as a career option. He encouraged the students to ask questions and invited them to visit DFRL to understand research in action.
Dr (Flt Lt) M A Balasubramanya, Secretary and CEO of SVYM presided over the prize distribution programme.
A panel discussion on ‘Career opportunities in pure sciences,’ was also conducted for the parents.
Dr Arvind Ranade, Scientist of Vigyan Prasar, Dr Shantala Priyadarshini, Government Ayurveda College, Mysuru, Kollegala Sharma, Scientist, CFTRI and Chandrasekharan Nair, CEO of Vijnana Bharati participated in the panel discussion.
Twelve students were selected in the state camp to participate in the national camp in May 2017. Eight students are from Bengaluru, two from Mangaluru and two from Mysuru.
Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), launched in 1984, is a development organisation working in the sectors of health, education, socio–economic empowerment and training and research.
More details may be had from Praveen Kumar S, joint secretary and director (science education), SVYM; state coordinator of Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan, cell: 95919 45162.