The programme is aimed at Class XI students in Madurai, Theni, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli districts

A motivation programme to attract school students towards basic sciences will be hosted by Yadava College in Madurai in the third week of January.

The National Council of Science and Technology Communication in the Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi, has entrusted the college to organise the programme for Class XI students of Madurai, Theni, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram and Tirunelveli districts.

Principal K. Jayapalan has said in a press release that the aim of the programme was to attract talented boys and girls into basic science streams. It will be a 10-day free residential programme and the selected students would be provided travel allowance, food and accommodation. Plus One students who have scored high marks in mathematics and science subjects in Tenth class were eligible to apply. Associate Professor P.S. Navaraj has stated that the programme would have interesting components such as meetings with scientists, visits to laboratories, lectures on current topics in basic sciences, information on incentives offered to students by government institutions, details on internships and fellowships and how to become a young scientist.

The participants would also be oriented towards power generation through waste materials, solar energy applications, nuclear safety measures, application of nano-materials, water purification and wastewater treatment, stem cell therapy, electronics for medical application, and indigenous knowledge of herbal plants.

Experts from National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad would explain about innovative technologies. The college has asked government and private schools to send list of top-ranking students for selection. For more details, headmasters and Principals can contact Dr.Navaraj on 94426 48168. Office telephones: 0452 2680362 and 2681048. e-mail: navaraj2007@gmail.com.

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