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BUDDING TALENT: Students dressed up like Sir C. V. Raman during the `science walk' to mark the National Science Day in Hyderabad on Wednesday. PHOTO: SATISH. H.
BUDDING TALENT: Students dressed up like Sir C. V. Raman during the `science walk' to mark the National Science Day in Hyderabad on Wednesday. PHOTO: SATISH. H.

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School students do their bit to promote scientific temper

HYDERABAD: The distinctive turban was in place. Ditto with the coat and the tie. Also in place were the eye for detail and a strong appetite for scientific quests.

So much like the big man himself, India's foremost Nobel Prize winning physicist C.V. Raman.

Students from different schools of the twin cities dressed up like Sir C.V. Raman himself ambled along at the Public Gardens here on Wednesday, marking the National Science Day.

To inculcate scientific temper among children, Planetary Society, India, in association with Jawahar Bal Bhavan conducted a `Science Walk' starting from Jawahar Bal Bhavan to the lake in Public Gardens, in which some 40 schoolchildren participated.

It is on February 28, 1930, that Sir C.V. Raman discovered the `Raman Effect', which fetched him the Nobel Prize in Physics.

"He discovered a great scientific phenomenon by keen observation and questioning the reason behind the colour of sea. Our effort is to inculcate the same sense of observation among today's children and hence the unique walk," said N.S. Raghunandan Kumar, general secretary, Planetary Society, India.

Mr. Kumar said that there was a need for involving children in real time science projects. "Scientists from leading research organisations in the country should interact with schoolchildren. Holding science fairs will not help unless they can be replicated into real projects."

15 schools

"We have 15 member schools and 4,000 individual membership from students. We take sessions from time to time to tell them the need for science and its impact on our lives," said B. Padmavati Reddy, science teacher at Jawahar Bal Bhavan.


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