The 37 {+t} {+h} State-level Jawaharlal Nehru Science Exhibition began here on Sunday. The three-day expo has 97 exhibits in the theme “Science and Technology for Challenges in Life,” created by students of 96 schools from across the State.

Minister for Backward Classes K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran inaugurated the exhibition organised by the National Council for Educational Research and Training and the State School Education Department in the presence of Minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu. The displays have been categorised under six topics – bio diversity conservation and sustenance; agriculture and technology; green energy; transport and communication; communication health and environment and mathematical modelling.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Mr. Ramachandran said that he was awe-struck by the models put up by the students. The exhibits revealed the scientific acumen of the students. Mr. Thennarasu recalled that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had recently lauded Tamil Nadu as the leading State in science and technology. The ability among the students to question “why, for what and how” would ignite the scientific thought among them. Director of School Education P. Perumalsamy said that the top three models at the district level have been displayed at the expo.

Twenty prizes for best models of individual students, 15 prizes for model of groups and 15 prizes for teachers would be given. Fifty best models would be displayed at the South India Science Fair. Virudhunagar Collector V.K. Shanmugam, Director of Matriculation Schools K. Devarajan, District Revenue Officer B. Ganesan and Virudhunagar Chief Educational Officer V. Pandiwere present.