‘Summer school programme-2016’ held at CSIR-CFTRI

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.

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Summer school participants learning to work in the lab along with a scientist.

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.


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