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WHIZ KIDS: Students of Christ University explain the functioning of a device at Cosmos’08 exhibition on the campus.
WHIZ KIDS: Students of Christ University explain the functioning of a device at Cosmos’08 exhibition on the campus.

CLYDE D’SOUZA

Some fresh ideas and innovations at college fest

It is science week at Christ Junior College. The Science Forum, along with Commerce and Social Sciences streams, has put together ‘Cosmos,’ an intercollegiate project exhibition, to commemorate the success of “Chandrayaan-1,” India’s first mission to the moon, and celebrate 40 successful years of pre-university education at Christ.

The two-day event began on Friday with a display of 144 projects. Various colleges in Bangalore along with renowned research organisations, including Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, National Aerospace Laboratories and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, have contributed to this “cascade of creativity.”

The exhibition aims at inspiring students to take up science and develop a scientific temperament.

The event was inaugurated by S.G. Hegde, Commissioner, Department of Pre-University Education. He spoke of creativity taking its roots and setting in at the pre-university level.

“Everyone rushes to medicine and engineering. It is time we broaden our visions and explore the other emerging fields as well,” he said.

Clear vision

C. Sivaram, Head, Theory Group, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural session.

He stressed on the need to have a clear vision of our goals in the field of science and technology to mark progress in the field.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge or intelligence. We need to integrate the good things of the past with our visions of the future.”

Jose C.C., Principal, Christ Junior College, said, "Such programmes encourage students to explore their creativity. They are beneficial as they help students learn by action and experience."

Diverse natures

The exhibition was devoted to extremely diverse ventures in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, electronics and social sciences, among many others. From turning pineapple to wine to presenting the dynamics of helicopter flight, creativity levels were on a high.

Developing alternative sources of fuel such as salt water, the procedure of photosynthesis, a simulated reality of the magnetic levitation principles, which are used in trains to make travel quicker and smoother, scaled model towns, robotics engineering, and Six Sigma for Mumbai dabbawallas were some of the bright ideas brought to reality at the exhibition.

Real difference

P.M Varghese, member of the Quality Monitoring Group of the science fest, said, "Over 3,000 students have come together to organise this event. Some of the best and brightest brains of the country are present here. The college has provided all the required infrastructure; however, it is the students who have made the real difference to the exhibition."

Kavya Srinivasan, first-year PU student, said, "It is amazing to work together with all the students to pull off the exhibition on such a large scale. What is more important is that every student has contributed towards making this a big success."


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