Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala on Thursday underscored the need for educational institutions to be more research-oriented and not mere centres of learning.

He was speaking after inaugurating ‘Bhoomi-2009,’ an exhibition on earth and astronomy at Sri Vidhya Academy International Residential School in Sokkanallur, off Poonamallee Bypasss Road. Such science exhibitions promoted thirst for research among students and enriched their knowledge of the subject, he said.

The educational institutions must create awareness of environment conservation and hygiene among the students. Mr. Barnala also highlighted ancient India’s contribution to science and technology.Lauding the efforts of Sri Vidhya Academy, he said that the institution not only nurtured potential of the students but also inculcated a sense of responsibility among them to preserve nature.

Mr. Barnala laid the stone for an indoor auditorium at the school. The exhibition showcased various models on a range of topics from four seasons to global warming. While the geology section featured exhibits of minerals and rocks, the chemistry section had experiments on contraction of gases and presence of air. Students also had compiled interesting facts of science such as why the sky is blue.Models of weather parameters, including rain gauge, were on display besides exhibits on natural disasters. School chairman Nanjil R.Kennedy and principal S.Muthukrishnan participated.