With the objective of fostering scientific temper among school students, a State-level science drama festival was organised at St. Britto Higher Secondary School here on Monday by the Directorate of School Education.
The first prize was bagged by Vidhya Niketan Matriculation Higher Secondary School from Coimbatore with the second prize going to Bharat Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Ilanji in Tirunelveli district.
Chief Educational Officer S. Nagaraja Murugan, who inaugurated the event, said that this was the part of an initiative undertaken by the Central government’s Department of Science and Technology (DST). The two winners of the contest would take part in the Southern Regional-level event, which would include participants from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karanataka and Puducherry.
Visvesvaraya Institute of Science and Technology in Bangalore is the nodal agency organising the event in south India on behalf of the DST.
Besides popularising science at the school level, the contest would also induce science interest among students. The interest level was every high among schools. It also makes them aware of the major issues related to science and environment.
With the theme ‘Science and Society,’ many students focused tackling ‘dengue’ and the ‘power crisis,’ both issues that are of top concern in Tamil Nadu.
According to Mr. Nagaraja Murugan, 19 districts took part in the event with schools shortlisted through preliminary rounds at the district level. A total of eight members were allowed for each team.
M.V. Ramani, coordinator of the event, said that the event was adjudicated by 15 judges comprising high school and higher secondary school headmasters and postgraduate teachers.