Staff Reporter

Students of Presidency College put up projects; prizes distributed to contest winners

CHENNAI: Scientist C. V. Raman would have been thrilled to visit his alma mater on Wednesday. The corridors of Presidency College buzzed with activity as students showed off their projects to celebrate National Science Day, the anniversary of Raman's scattering of light discovery.

The science exhibition displayed charts and models made by students, who explored areas ranging from stem cell research to tsunami warning systems. An elocution competition and an audio-visual quiz were also held.

Students of the Psychology Department displayed a project on memory and attention span. A Geology student showed a model of a tsunami warning system that used buoys to detect oceanic changes.

Students of Statistical Sciences presented the Six Sigma concept for quality management.

V. Shantha, Chairperson, Adyar Cancer Institute, inaugurated the celebrations. "I was a student 63 years ago in the intermediate class in this college ... Most of my family from Sir C. V. to S. Chandrashekar have passed through the august portals of this college," she said.

J.G. Kannappan, former principal, Government Dental Hospital, Presidency College Principal S. Ramanathan participated.

At another function organised as part of the National Science Day celebrations, K. Ponmudi, Minister for Higher Education and Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, Chennai, gave away prizes to winners of various competitions.

The Minister described as a wrong practice Plus Two lessons being taken in Plus One itself with the only focus of scoring marks in the Higher Secondary and other Board Examinations.

Mr. Ponmudi also noted that the study of basic sciences, physics and chemistry had been ignored with people going in for applied technologies and sciences. Superstitious beliefs and traditions often stood in the way of a scientific temper of thought. "We are now neither a traditional or developed but a transitional society," he said.

Vice-Chairman Science City, Mohan Verghese Chunkath said the Children's Science Academy Award was instituted in 2000 with the aim of creating interest and encouraging school students take up careers in science and technology. P. Iyamperumal, Executive Director, Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre; G. Durairaj Gnanamuthu, Senior Scientific Assistant, Periyar Science and Technology Centre and S. Soundararajaperumal, Deputy Director, B.M. Birla Planetarium, spoke.