The Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TNSCST), Chennai, has selected C. Abdul Hakeem College, Melvisharam, as programme centre for the conduct of Young Students Scientist Programme (YSSP) - May 2013 for students from Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts who have appeared for Standard IX exams in April 2013. The programme will be conducted in the college for 20 days beginning May 6.

According to a release from W. Abdul Hameed, Principal of C. Abdul Hakeem College, the main aim of the scheme is to identify students who secure high marks in science subjects and provide them exposure to the scientific environment of higher educational institutions. Forty students from each of the two districts studying Standard IX in government and panchayat schools located in villages would be selected based on their performance in science, and given special training in science subjects such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, environmental sciences and computer science by qualified faculty members of higher educational institutions for 20 days.

The students would be provided free boarding and lodging facilities at the place of training. They would be given theoretical instruction during morning sessions, while afternoon sessions would be devoted to practical work. Guest lectures by experts in various disciplines and field trips to scientific institutions and industries would be arranged. The students would also be given training to individually operate personal computers.

Students once selected during their Standard IX are eligible to participate in YSSP for two years - during the summer vacation of Standard IX and during Standard X , subject to financial assistance from the government. During the second year, towards the end of the programme, the students would be divided into groups and made to work on special science and technology projects in different disciplines. They would also be encouraged to make models and do experiments when they are back to their schools. Each student would be attached to a mentor who would guide him/her in pursuing a scientific career. Interested students could meet the Principal of C. Abdul Hakeem College with their parents on or before May 2. The Principals/heads of the schools are also requested to nominate students to participate in the programme.

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