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AUTO DRIVE: Students explaining about the car controlled by `C' programme in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Photo: K.R. Deepak
AUTO DRIVE: Students explaining about the car controlled by `C' programme in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Photo: K.R. Deepak

Nivedita Ganguly

GITAM students celebrate National Science Day

VISAKHAPATNAM: Clouds gathered together and a steady downpour started inside the laboratory even as the temperature outside soared high. Curious visitors assembled around to have a look at the model of cloud seeding created by students of Environmental Science at GITAM. A car manoeuvred steadily along the bending curves of the road with the driver controlling it not from behind the wheels but by a single `C' programme on the keyboard. More than 250 such interesting and innovative models were developed by the students and exhibited at the Science expo organised at GITAM to celebrate the National Science Day on Wednesday.

"The addition of silver iodide particles into cold clouds which extend into the freezing zone for about 15 km. in the sky causes rainfall up to 25 per cent," explained R. Uma Devi who made the cloud seeding model.

Students of biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology, electronics, physics, chemistry, computer science, environmental science and applied mathematics participated in the expo.

Water treatment

A model of water treatment plant envisages treatment of industrial waste water to check environment pollution. The treated water can be used for irrigation purposes to grow eucalyptus trees, para grass and maintenance of green belt. The sludge can be used as manure.

"This is a great platform to tap the potential of the students," said chairman of GITAM Institutions M.V.V.S. Murty.

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