The 60th annual Jawaharlal Nehru Science Exhibition for schools in Chengalpattu Educational District was held at St. Sebastian Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Cantonment Pallavaram recently.
Animal Husbandry Minister and Tambaram MLA T.K.M.Chinnayya inaugurated the two-day exhibition.
It was held in the presence of S. Sivashanmuga Raja, Kancheepuram Collector, P. Dhan Singh, Pallavaram MLA, P. Rani, Chief Educational Officer, Kancheepuram, D. Shanmugham, District Educational Officer, Chengalpattu and Fr. A. Jayaseelan, Correspondent of the host school.
Organised by the School Education Department, the annual exhibition with exhibits on science and mathematics witnessed overwhelming participation from government and government-aided schools, in addition to private schools. Officials said that of the nearly 500 schools in Chengalpattu Educational District, nearly 200 schools took part in the exhibition. A majority of them were government and aided schools, they said.
Winners in different categories – middle, high school and higher secondary sections – will be selected to take part in State level competition to be held during the end of the year.
The objective is to inculcate a sense of inquiry, scientific spirit and to give an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creative skills and talent. Models on alternative sources of energy and climate change topped the list of exhibits on display.
A senior official of the School Education Department said that several thousand students from the city's suburbs visited the exhibition.
While there was overwhelming participation from the government and aided schools, the response from private schools was discouraging as less than half the number of schools they had invited had taken part.