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CLEARING DOUBTS: At the interactive session
CLEARING DOUBTS: At the interactive session

NIVEDITA GANGULY

Check out this online session with Scientist, K. Kasturirangan.

Interesting concepts and the wonders of Space Science were unravelled before the curious students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya during an online interactive session with noted space scientist and Member of Parliament K. Kasturirangan as part of the Science Outreach Month here recently.

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More than 1,000 students from different cities participated in the hour-long session that was conducted through think.com., a programme of the Oracle Education Foundation. During the session, right from the word "go", the students dominated the scene with series of queries that clearly belied their age and maturity. It was an exciting programme for the students who kept their eyes glued to the monitor screen waiting for answers to the questions that were explained patiently and lucidly by the senior scientist. His replies revealed the scope of the Indian space mission to the moon, Chandrayan and its successive missions planned in future. Answering a question on the evidence of any life form in other planets, Dr. Kasturirangan replied that there has been intense speculation regarding life on Mars, which comes from the detection of water and the existence of certain life evolving reactions on its surface. Titan is another moon that has an environment close to the primordial environment of Earth including the presence of methane, a precursor of life. But there's a long way to go to confirm such theories, he added. Explaining about the importance of telemedicine, he replied that the concept is a unique approach to deliver specialised healthcare at remote areas of the country, which still did not have access to specialty consultation. Since more than 98 per cent of the doctors were based in urban or semi-urban parts, the importance of connecting them to the rural areas is obvious. Satellites provided such connectivity where doctors could examine a patient's ECG, chest X-rays, blood sample and even ophthalmologic data and do proper assessment of their problems and give them real time advice to follow up, he told the students. The lead coach of oraclethink.com G.V.S. Nageswararao and S.S. Keerthi coordinated the programme.


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