TAMIL NADU

Young Students Scientist programme begins

For rural school students from Madurai and Pudukottai districts



The programme is set to kindle passion for science among 80 youngsters

They will learn both theory and practical aspects



MADURAI: The month-long Young Students Scientist Programme-2008 for rural school students from Madurai and Pudukottai districts began at the American College here on Wednesday.

Supported by the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, the programme is set to kindle passion for science among 80 youngsters who will learn from experts both theory and practical aspects.

“Science should not be confined to just cities and towns. Schools in rural areas too must benefit by developing scientific temper among their students,” S. Vincent, Member Secretary of the Council, said while formally inaugurating the programme.

The programme, being implemented across the State since 1997, is an initiative of the Government that wanted to encourage students to develop passion for science and research. According to Dr. Vincent, the students will be explained about recent developments in science and technology.

Personality development, yoga, sports, musical programmes and field visits are part of the orientation and “all these will expand the mental horizon of students.”

He said that a five-day special training session would be arranged for teachers of Government/panchayat schools from 10 districts so that science could be taught to students in an interesting way.

T. Chinnaraj Joseph Jaikumar, Principal and secretary, American College, urged the students to understand the importance of research as it lead to country’s progress and development.

J. Karunyal, coordinator of the programme, welcomed the participants.

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