In order to improve the quality of education in the State especially in rural areas, it is felt necessary to introduce some effective programme in schools and colleges. This would help in creating awareness in the students and improve their career to undertake science as profession. Some of the programmes have been already under implementation by Government of Karnataka. Inspired by the successful programmes like "Mahithi Sindhu" and the extension lecture programme of Indian Institute of Science, Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology has taken a decision to conduct programmes of interaction of students with scientists in the schools and colleges throughout the state. This programme is called the Scientists Students interaction Programme (SSIP).
This programme was experimented on one occasion and it was
successful. The students were excited to be with the
scientists and participated actively by posing a large number
of questions. It is felt that this is one of the way of
popularising science and technology in many schools in the
State as well as ignite the curiosity of Students. This will
also motivate the students to go in for basic science
The programme will have students as participants from several
schools/colleges and high schools and pre-university colleges.
Major participants will be from Mahithi Sindhu schools.
Several resource persons from different disciplines will form
the panel. They will be chosen from research institutions like
Indian Institute of Science, national laboratories, leading
educational institutions etc. In order to break the ice, there
may be short presentation by experts. After this, interaction
will begin with questions from students. During this
discussion students can ask questions and clarify their
Programmes conducted during 2004 -2005
The council has so far conducted 16 SSIP programmes in different districts of Karnataka. During the year 2004-2005, five programmes were conducted and the details are as below:
The Scientists Students Interaction Programme was organized by the Council in Sullia, Dakshina Kannada district, on 6th August 2004. The programme was attended by over 200 students. Shri K. Venkatramana Gowda, President, Kurungi Venkatramana Gowda College of Engineering and Technology, Sullia inaugurated and presided over the function. Prof. D. K. Subramanian, Secretary, Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology was the chief guest.
The Scientists Students Interaction Programme was organized
by the Council was involving Prof. C. N. R. Rao and the high
school students organized on 24th January 2005 was
attended by nearly 1000 students belonging to 25 high schools
in Bangalore. The programme was also attended by the Honourable
Minister for Science and Technology Sri Basavaraj Horatti.
Prof. M. K. Surappa welcomed the gathering followed by a
lecture by Prof. C. N. R. Rao on "Science Learning". Later
Prof. Indumati Rao of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced
Science and Research demonstrated CD-ROM developed by the
centre on learning science on various subjected. The programme
was also attended by
Prof. Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy Department of Physics,
Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, who has been
awarded UNESCO Kalinga Prize for Popularization of Science
The Directorate of Science Education Research and Training
also supported the programme.
Scientists and Students Interaction Programme at Forestry College, Ponnampet: An interaction programme was organized by the council on 25th February 2005 at College of Forestry, Ponnampet, Coorg district. The programme was attended by nearly 150 students of Mahithi Sindhu schools of Coorg district. The programme was inaugurated by Shri K. N. Chengappa, Chairman, Kodagu Model Forest Trust and presided by Prof. C. S. P. Patil, Director of Instruction, College of Forestry, Ponnampet. Dr. S.G. Sreekanteswara Swamy spoke about the objectives of the SSIP programme and Mrs. Pratima Rao spoke about Mahithi Sindhu Schools in Karnataka and their importance. The scientists attended were Dr. Prasad Bothla, SSO, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Dr. P. Nagaraja, Reader, Dept of Chemistry, Mysore University, Mysore; Dr. S. V Narasimhan, Physician, Virajpet, Smt. Ramamani, Shri Anand, Shri Natarajan, from Coorg Institute of Technology, Ponnampet.
A student posing a question to the scientists
A gathering at a Scientist-Students programme in Ponnampet, 2005
Popular Science Lectures at Indian Institute of Science: A series of 3 lectures was organized on 28th February 2005 inviting about 50 students from high schools of Bangalore in Choksi hall, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The programme was inaugurated by Prof. K. J. Rao and Prof. M. K. Surappa, Secretary, KSCST, presided over the function. Prof. K. J. Rao spoke about the "A hole in the Ozone layer" and explained the environmental disaster eminating from it. He also explained the reasons for such a phenomenon. Prof. Surappa spoke about the importance of propagating scientific temper among students and the general public. Later Prof. H. L. Bhat of Department of Physics spoke about Photo-Electric effect, one of the important inventions in the beginning of the last century. Finally Prof. Uday Bhaskar of Raman Research Institute spoke about the invisible universe and radio astronomy.
Programme on Observational Astronomy: A programme was held at Pilikula, Sullia taluk, Dakshina Kannada district, on observational astronomy.
Prof. C. N. R. Rao interacted with nearly 500 high school students in and around Mysore on 5th November 2005 in Mysore. Later Prof. Indumati Rao of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Science and Research demonstrated CD-ROM developed by the centre on learning science on various subjects. Central Food Technological Research Institute, The Directorate of Science Education Research and Training, and Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samithi also supported the programme.
List of Scientists Students Interaction program conducted
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