IIT Roorkee had held a two-day workshop on December 18-19 to motivate schoolchildren to pursue careers in science and technology. The workshop was organized under the auspices of Vigyan Pradarshani by the Department of Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering at IIT Roorkee to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
The workshop is part of the Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) initiative developed by the Scientific and Technical Research Council (SERB), Department of Science and Technology (DST) with IIT Roorkee. The objective of the Scientific Social Responsibility (RSS) initiative is to disseminate the benefits of research beyond the borders of direct beneficiaries, in particular to schools and colleges.
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A total of 50 students from Motilal Nehru, Rai, Haryana Sports School, as well as two teachers participated in the workshop. The workshop began with a welcoming address from the Director of the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, followed by lectures from the faculties and children’s interaction with IIT students on campus.
Shedding light on the importance of the program, Professor Pravindra Kumar, Head of the Department of Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering, briefed school children on the 175-year history of IIT Roorkee, explained that science and technology are highly interdisciplinary and that in the future, the progress of our country and humanity is in the hands of the present generation.
Professor Manish Shrikhande, Dean of Sponsored Research and Industry Council at IIT Roorkee, said: The most essential requirement for the progress of the country in modern times.
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Such workshops are great ways to introduce children to the wonderful world of science and technology and to develop their approach to pursuing a career in this field.
Sharing the experience of the workshop, 10th std student Pranav Dhiman said that this workshop would surely help him decide on subjects for 11th standard, another student, Simrin, again a 10th class student is became very moved after seeing the dedication and hard work of university researchers and faculties had put in the workshop. She said she would do her best to join IIT as a student. Another student Nisha from MNSS Rai became very motivated after the interactive session at TIDES and said that she will have her own startup and employ IITians in her business.
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