CSIR-NIScPR Organises “Student-Scientist Connect Programme”

CSIR-NIScPR hosted a Student-Scientist Connect Programme at its SV Marg Campus on 30 October 2023. The programme aimed to nurture and instil a scientific temperament among the students while actively promoting science education. A total of 45 students, accompanied by 2 teachers from “The Indian School” in Sadiq Nagar, New Delhi, attended the event.

 Shri CB Singh, Head Jigyasa Training and HR Division at CSIR-NIScPR, welcomed the gathering and presented a comprehensive overview of the CSIR and its extensive network of laboratories, including the significance of CSIR-NIScPR. Mr Singh offered insightful explanations to the students about the diverse realms of industrial research undertaken within CSIR labs.

He emphasised the critical importance of forging connections between science and society, which can bridge the gap between the two. Mr Singh also elaborated on the role of Jigyasa in facilitating science learning for school children, encouraging the students to cultivate a genuine interest in science that could potentially propel them to become future scientists and inventors. He encouraged them to remain open-minded and inquisitive, fostering a passion for scientific exploration.

During his inaugural address, Dr Sujit Bhattacharya, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NIScPR, encouraged students to explore the ever-evolving world of science and cultivate a proactive thinking drive within themselves. He emphasised the significance of CSIR-NIScPR's publications, including the Science Reporter and Vigyan Pragati, in bridging the gap between students and science. Further, he highlighted the vital role of the NIScPR RHMD (Raw Materials Herbarium & Museum, Delhi) in preserving and studying the essential botanical resources, and the the institution's multifaceted contributions to the scientific exploration and education.

Shri Sanjay Burde, Sr Principal Scientist and Head of the National Science Library (NSL) and ISSN Centre, CSIR-NIScPR, provided valuable information about the library, highlighting its extensive collection of over 2,51,000 printed S&T documents, encompassing monographs, bound journal volumes, reports, theses/dissertations, standards, and patents, among other resources. He underscored the NSL's collection policy, which prioritises acquiring high-end R&D reference materials, Indian S&T publications, foreign language dictionaries, libraries and many more sources that cater to the diverse needs of the scientific and technological community in India. The students then visited the library.

Dr Suman Ray, Principal Scientist & Jigyasa Nodal-PI, CSIR-NIScPR, delivered an insightful talk on the remarkable “Achievements of CSIR: Science Technology & Innovation” spanning the past eight decades. In her presentation, Dr Ray shed light on the various innovations and ingenious solutions produced by various CSIR institutes, which have significantly advanced science and technology while benefiting Indian society.There was also a quiz competition for the students.

The event also emphasised the awareness of Energy Literacy Training, led by Dr Suman Ray, an initiative headed by the Energy Swaraj Foundation. Its primary objective is to impart knowledge and awareness about the crucial concept of energy literacy. Energy literacy is regarded as the initial stride towards addressing climate issues and safeguarding the environment.

During the event, an additional educational activity was integrated, involving students in the calculation of their personal carbon footprints. This activity was facilitated through the distribution of worksheets specifically designed for the assessment of one's carbon footprint. This exercise played a pivotal role in raising students' awareness regarding their carbon footprints and how their daily actions can result in the release of carbon dioxide. This activity helped them understand lifestyle's impact on the environment, encouraging a more conscious and eco-friendly way of living.

In the end, latest issues of NIScPR’s monthly popular science Hindi magazine “Vigyan Pragati” and English magazine “Science Reporter” were distributed among the students. The students were also felicitated with participation certificates for their active involvement in the event.