KARNATAKA

Programme to expose children on advances in science

BANGALORE DEC. 25. A special programme called "Science for schoolchildren'' has been organised during the five-day 90th Indian Science Congress to be held from January 3, 2003 on the Jnana Bharati campus, Bangalore University, here.

The programme will bring together around 500 schoolchildren from various parts of the country.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, the ISRO Chairman, K. Kasturirangan, said that the programme was designed to provide an opportunity for children to understand the advances in science and technology through interactions, exhibits, hearing eminent personalities, demonstrations, visits to scientific institutions, and documentary film shows.

There will be lectures by C.N.R. Rao, D. Balasubramanian, M.S. Swaminathan, and Narendra Naik, among others. Other programmes included are a demonstration on mapping, modular surface modelling, nature studies such as bird watching, studying medicinal plants, water conservation, and a snake show.

The programme will be attended by the first prize winners of each State from the National Children's Science Congress; first prize winners (exhibition) of districts in Karnataka, and selected schoolchildren from Bangalore and its surroundings.

For the programme, the ISRO has formed a committee under the chairmanship of Mohan Ram of Delhi University, and it would be coordinated by the Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat, Bangalore.

A special publication, "Shaping of Indian Science: 1914- 2003," would be brought out on the occasion, Dr. Kasturirangan said.

Science expo

A science expo, "Pride of India," will be organised on the campus. Leading public and private sector organisations will present their products and technology at the show.

Over 100 organisations such as TVS, Godrej, BPL, MICO, Biocon, Namdhari Seeds, BSNL, C-Dac, HAL, BEL, and Indian Airlines will participate in the show.

In the Global Space Galleria, organisations operating in the field of space technology and applications are showcasing their products and technologies.

The exhibition will be open for the general public from January 4 between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no entry fee.