A unique ‘Summer school programme-2016’ was held at CSIR-CFTRI premises in the city for students from government high schools of Mysore district, recently by CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI).
Prof Ram Rajasekharan, Director, CFTRI, who inaugurated the programme, called upon the students to pursue the subject which they felt tough by citing his own example. He advised the children to put extra effort on the subject which they felt, were difficult.
The CFTRI director also thanked the parents and teachers for sending the students to CFTRI to learn science. Certificate presentation ceremony was held at the UNU conference hall. Scientists, staff members, research scholars from CFTRI and head mistress and teachers of participating government schools were present.
G A Krishna, the chief scientist, who presided, presented certificates and mementos to all the participating students. Speaking on the occasion, Krishna urged the students to unleash the potential in them and be bold enough to face the competitive world. “Students should choose science as a career.”
The head mistresses of schools thanked the director and staff of CFTRI for providing an opportunity to their school children to learn science with the scientists.
The programme was conducted to instil scientific inquisitiveness among the school children and was initiated at CFTRI to enthuse rural children to pursue careers in science. Four students from five government schools namely GHS Meghalapura, GHS Varakodu, GHS Puttegowdana Hundi, GHS Varuna and GHS Siddaramanahundi participated in the programme.
The two week programme exposed the students to experimentation, laboratory practices and state-of-the-art instruments. The students had an opportunity to get hands on experience with machinery and equipment. Motivational lectures and demonstrations by the scientists of the institute invoked a strong positive response from the students. In children’s own words “it made them spend their vacation time very productively”.
The students visited most of the facilities in the institute and had a memorable experience in science as they spent few hours every day at the R&D departments. Food and transport for the children was arranged. The students interacted with scientists and were also encouraged to give lectures on the topics of their choice as to develop self-confidence within them.