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Science grows through questioning attitude: official

Collector P. Sankar giving away prizes to winners at an inter-school competition in Vellore on Thursday.— Photo: D.Gopalakrishnan
Collector P. Sankar giving away prizes to winners at an inter-school competition in Vellore on Thursday.— Photo: D.Gopalakrishnan

Students can make it big in science through training and perseverance, said P. Sankar, Collector of Vellore, while participating in the National Science Day Celebration 2013 held at the District Science Centre here on Thursday.

“Human resources are the biggest wealth of India. It is our duty to develop quality human resources. India topped in human resources and the U.S. and European countries were dependent on India for human resources. It was with the objective of moulding students, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has taken steps to provide educational aids like books, geometry box, school bag, and bus passes free of cost to school students,” Mr. Sankar said.

India has carved a niche for itself in the field of remote sensing. But, there are several other areas too in which India is first, but for wrong reasons. For instance, India topped in corruption, pollution and diabetes. “The youth have the power to change the situation,” he said.

Pointing out that former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln became President after losing elections to several other democratic posts, Mr. Sankar said that students should persevere in their efforts to achieve their goals.3-D theatre

P. Iyyamperumal, Executive Director, Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, Chennai, who presided, said that a 3-D theatre has been sanctioned for the District Science Centre in Vellore.

Pointing out that Raman Effect discovered by Nobel Laureate Sir C.V. Raman resulted in the invention of scanning spectroscope, he said the youth have the capacity to make useful scientific inventions. Students should develop the habit of questioning everything they have learnt, for science grows only through questioning and the urge to seek answers, he said.

The collector distributed prizes to winners of various inter-school competitions conducted in connection with the celebration.

Competitions on the theme, ‘Water & Energy’ included painting (for Standard VIII students), elocution (Standard XI students) and essay-writing (Standard IX students).

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