Nehru Children’s Cultural Association, Thiruvanmiyur, in association with Royal Society of Chemistry, South India Section, and Chemistry Club of Vidya Mandir celebrated National Science Day at Vidya Mandir, Mylapore. In his welcome address, Mukundan, the school pupil leader, spoke on the importance of chemistry. He elaborated the role of solid state chemistry and its application in nanomaterial synthesis.

P. Selvam, president, Royal Society of Chemistry, South India Section, and professor of Chemistry, IIT-Madras, presided over the programme.

S. Balasubramanian, secretary, Royal Society of Chemistry, South India Section, and professor of inorganic chemistry conducted a chemistry quiz based on experiments. Mr. Balasubramanian explained about Royal Society of Chemistry and its activities. He said that the members of the society will be visiting many schools and colleges and explain the importance of chemistry.

He said that the students should come forward to carry out research work and also encouraged the students to choose chemistry as their career and become scientists. The major activities of the society is to organise seminars, workshops and lectures; educating the students in safe method of handling apparatus and chemicals; to emphasize the importance of practical training in schools and colleges and the significance of doing research work in chemistry for new inventions and create awareness among students about the job opportunities in Chemistry.

Teachers and students who pursue their research in chemistry can join as a member in Royal Society of Chemistry.

Shobha Jayakumar, vice-principal; Kanchanamala, teacher, Vidya Mandir; and M.R. Sugumaran, president, Nehru Children’s Cultural Association, presided over the event.

A quiz was conducted and the winners will be awarded with prizes at IIT-Madras during the first of April. Subiksha, student assistant leader, proposed a vote of thanks.