TAMIL NADU

Nurturing scientific talent in rural students

no dearth of TALENT: Participants in the Young Scientists Programme exhibit their projects at Theivanai Ammal College for Women, Villupuram on Wednesday. — Photo: A. V. Ragunathan

no dearth of TALENT: Participants in the Young Scientists Programme exhibit their projects at Theivanai Ammal College for Women, Villupuram on Wednesday. — Photo: A. V. Ragunathan  

Special Correspondent

TNSCST organises Young Student Scientists Programme

VILLUPURAM: That there is no dearth of talent in the rural areas has been amply demonstrated by the Young Student Scientists Programme organised recently under the aegis of the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TNSCST) in Theivanai Ammal College for Women at Villupuram.

A total of 80 students, in the age group of 14 to16, drawn from schools in Villupuram and Cuddalore districts, participated in the month-long programme.

The Theivanai Ammal College provided the logistics, including food and accommodation. This was for the second consecutive year that the college had organised the event.

The candidates were selected through written tests conducted in Villupuram, Kallakurichi, Tindivanam, Ginjee, Cuddalore, Thittakudi, Kattumannarkoil, Chidambaram, and Vriddhachalam.

Of the 240 candidates, who appeared for the tests, 80 (40 each from the two districts) were selected on merit basis. Besides academic pursuits, the candidates were also initiated into extra-curricular activities such as yoga and games. They were taught the basics of computer science, income-tax computing, environment, health , concepts of laser and rocket launching, global warming, and so on.

Scientific spirit

According to S. Senthilkumar, College Secretary, the college faculty was guiding the students. C.R. Uthra, Professor, Maths Department, coordinated the programme.

The participants were taken on field trips to the Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Aavin Dairy and herbal farms. Mr. Senthilkumar said there were demands to include a greater number of students, but it could not be done owing to the limits on the intake.

On the concluding day, the students exhibited their projects that qualified them to get the certificates issued by the TNSCST.

Mr. Senthilkumar had offered financial assistance through the E. Swamikannu Education Charitable Trust. S. Ponnuswamy, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, evaluated the projects.

He said there was vast intellectual and academic potential among rural students and it should be tapped properly.



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