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State-level science quiz competition begins in Dharwad

66 teams from various parts of the State are participating in the quiz competition

‘Scientific innovations have mitigated the sufferrings of the people

HUBLI: The former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), U.R. Rao, said on Tuesday that a country, which was backward in science and technology, would not progress.

He was speaking after inaugurating a State-level science quiz competition organised by the Department of Science and Technology, Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat and the Department of State Education, Research and Training, at Dharwad.

Prof. Rao said that there was a need for people to shun superstition and make efforts to know the reality of life.

‘Take steps’

Steps should be taken to bring children in rural areas to the mainstream of education and technology, he said.

Elaborating on the changes brought about by science and technology, he said that scientific innovations had mitigated the sufferings of the people, including poverty and hunger.

Revolution

The scientific innovations had helped in bringing about a revolution in food production, he said.

Prof. Rao said that teachers had a greater role in developing a scientific temper among their students.

Giant leap

He referred to various developments in the field of science and technology and explained how the country had taken a giant leap in the field of space science through “Chandrayaan”.

The former Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj Horatti welcomed the move of organising such a State-level event in Dharwad and hoped that such quiz programmes would be regularly held in the north Karnataka region.

Helpful

Mr. Horatti said that such science quiz programmes would help in attracting children from rural areas towards science.

Chandrakanth Bellad, MLA, presided over the function.

As many as 66 teams are participating in the competition.

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