‘The competitions aimed at developing scientific temper among students’

Madhava Kripa School, Manipal, cornered all the glory at the National Science Day Competitions organised by School of Life Sciences on behalf of Manipal University.

According to a press release issued by the University here on Saturday, the month-long activity that began with science seminar contests ended with the science exhibition and prize distribution here on Friday.

Speaking as the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony and the National Science Day celebrations, H.P. Khincha, former Vice-Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), urged students to take inspiration from scientists.

“Today is a day when we start thinking what science is all about. For me it is an opportunity to think what science is all about. We also think how science is undertaken and what scientists do and what I should do,” he said. In his welcome address, Registrar of Manipal University G.K. Prabhu said the University had been organising Science Day programmes annually for the last seven years. “The objective of celebrating National Science Day in such a manner is to create interest among schoolchildren in basic scientific research. For that, several activities in the form of competitions are held,” he said.

“Children from the schools belonging to Academy of General Education and Dr. T.M.A. Pai Foundation take part in three competitions i.e. Science Seminar, Science models and drawing. Sixteen schools with 20 students each took part in the activities this year,” Dr. Prabhu said. A residential training programme for class 9 students who top science is held every year. This year 24 students participated in the week-long training programme.

Competitions

The competitions were in two sections, for High School and Higher Primary. Madhav Kripa won four first prizes and two second in both categories. In the Science Seminar, they bagged both the first prizes.