K.N. MURALI SANKAR
The ongoing industrial and agricultural exhibition throws open the door to a world of wonders.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Science Pavilion at the ongoing industrial and agricultural exhibition in Swaraj Maidan is worth paying a visit, especially for schoolchildren, as they can see miniatures of several projects, evolution of telephone, computer and other gadgets, besides learning about the biographies of famous scientists. The samples of foetus carefully kept in glass jars and ‘magic mirrors’ which make one feel like flying in the air by standing in front of the specially arranged mirrors, are some of the special features at the pavilion. Visitors can easily locate the pavilion in the sprawling ground, as it is very near to “Kala Vedika”, the dais that hosts cultural programmes. Portraits of famous scientists of international acclaim welcome the visitors to the special arena, where enthusiastic guides are ready to explain the salient features of each model. While the students of the Government ITI designed most of the models, a few others have been arranged by a few private hospitals and organisations.
Children of this city are well aware of the perennial traffic congestion at the ever-busy Benz Circle. Finding a solution to this problem, students of the Government ITI designed a flyover that connects Mahatma Gandhi Road from the two sides of the circle. The miniatures of Howrah Bridge and Srisailam Dam are the models which are sure to captivate children who love to see engineering marvels.
Telephones of different shapes, different types of computer chips, the mode of functioning of a bank ATM card and a small device to find leakage of cooking gas are attracting even elders. In a corner of the pavilion, a few glass jars are placed in an order, in which one can find several specimens, including male foetus of different ages. Specimens of scorpio, bat, cobra, sea snake, viper, starfish and shark are also on display. Guides are ready to explain about the exhibits, paying utmost care and attention towards the delicate jars.
There are a few charts depicting aerospace activities of our country, including the noted Brahmos missile. Details of NAG missile and the ongoing research activities of the Indian Space Research Centre (ISRO) have been explained in detail in the charts.
At the end of a visit to the pavilion, one will certainly return with the satisfaction of having gainedknowledge of different branches of science.