“How do we find out if the food is adulterated or not? Won’t the comets affect the satellites? Do the aliens really exist? Why are sparrows disappearing?” These were some of the questions posed by the students during the 25th student-scientist discussion organised by Mysore Science Foundation, Regional Museum of Natural Science and Balya Foundation, recently.
To make the 25th year’s programme memorable, five renowned scientists from various fields were invited. Dr Harish R Bhat from the department of Ecology, IISC Bengaluru, Dr Vinod J Lakkappan, Forensic lab, Bengaluru, Dr C D Prasad, ISRO, Bengaluru, Dr G Venkateshwaran, CFTRI Mysuru, and Dr Vasantha Kumar Timakapur, agricultural scientist, Mysuru participated in the discussion.
Scientists of concerned departments answered the questions of the students. They appreciated the willingness of the children to ask questions and seek an appropriate answer. Scientist Dr Harish R Bhat appreciated Mysuru Science Foundation for organising such event. “Everyone thinks Sunday as a fun day. But hundreds of students gathered here to learn new things,” he opined.
“This programme develops the mindset to ask questions and find an answer. Such programmes should be conducted more often,” said scientist from ISRO, C D Prasad.
“To achieve anything in life, one must be healthy. To keep yourself healthy, you have to avoid junk food and eat more of home food. CFTRI prepares healthy food for the soldiers and civilians. Visit CFTRI to know more about the researches taking place there,” said Dr G Venkateshwaran.
R M N H Scientist Dr G N Indresh presided over the event. He praised the initiation by the Mysore Science Foundation. Honorary President of Mysore Science Foundation M R Nandan, vice-president Dr T Shivalingaswamy and secretary G B Santhosh Kumar were present.