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Odisha CM inaugurates 26th National Children’s Science Congress

The 26th National Children’s Science Congress (NCSC) commenced on the campus of Siksha O Anusandhan deemed to be university here on Thursday with over 700 children from India and 10 ASEAN and five Gulf countries participating in it.

Inaugurating the five-day event, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said it was the society’s collective responsibility to inspire the younger generation to take up innovative research.

Around 56% of the participants in the NCSC this year are girls while attempts are being made to bridge the rural-urban gap with 40% of the children hailing from rural areas.

Mr. Patnaik said the theme for this year’s NCSC — ‘Science, Technology and Innovation for a Clean, Green and Healthy Nation’ — has been aptly chosen as environment and health have emerged as two major concerns of our times. “Technology plays a very important role in improving the quality of our lives. The progress of science has led to the evolution of better technologies in every field, especially in the areas of health and environment,” he said.

The Chief Minister said his government is focusing on development of scientific temper among children by organising science-based programmes at various levels.

“We are establishing science parks and planetariums at district level to create interest among children in various aspects of science,” he said.

Mr. Patnaik congratulated the National Council for Science and Technology Communication for organising the annual NCSC for the last 25 years. Earlier, the NCSC was held in Bhubaneswar in 2005.

School and Mass Education, Science and Technology Minister Badri Narayan Patra, State Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and Science and Technology Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal also spoke at inaugural ceremony. The Vice-Chancellor of SOA, Amit Banerjee, was present on the occasion.

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