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Science, ranks and awards

ENCOURAGING WORDS: Vijaya Grace, Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education, centre, interacts with the winners.   | Photo Credit: Photo: R. Ashok

S. AISHWARYA

The prizes were books, and the students loved carrying them home.

P. Hepziba Sharon was too absorbed into the book to listen to others' commendations. The Std. VIII student was gifted with a book on "making science interesting" for her "excellent" performance at the drawing competition conducted by the Anna Science Centre, Tiruchi, in coordination with the Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, Chennai.

Competitions galore

The drawing competition was a part of the National Science Day celebrations held at the science centre, which conducted a series of competitions for students from 26 schools. Drawing apart, over 150 students took part in elocution (in English and Tamil) and science quiz. On the topic "Save our planet earth", the competitions focussed on the students' aptitude for science and environment. The function was presided over by the Executive Director of Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, P. Iyamperumal. The Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education, Tiruchi zone, T. Vijaya Grace, was the chief guest. At the end of the function, most participants returned home with hands full with books on science. Defying the standardisation of awarding them prizes with grades as first, second and third, the centre awarded them with classes such as excellent, very good and good. "Ranking students will have a psychological impact. We want them to understand they differ only by minor points," said the Project Director (in-charge), T.M. Alagiriswamy Raju. The Science centre made sure none of the participants were turned down without any prizes. Apart from the 36 prizes for the top performers, the centre gave away books on the life history of the Indian physicist Sir C.V. Raman to 100 immediate runners-up.Carrying a pile of books to her home, Hepziba was all ears to her counterpart's narration of a science fiction, which the kid picked up from the book gifted to him.