The prime goal of science village is to give exposure to the students from rural India and make them aware of India’s achievements in frontier areas of Science & Technology. Student Science Village organized under the larger canvass of India International Science Festival 2018 (IISF 2018) saw the gathering of students in huge number.
Hon’ble Members of Parliament nominated students and teachers from their respective adopted villages under Pradhan Mantri Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana for participation in the Science Village program. The program made attempts to reach out and propagate science to the greater extent seeking innovative and scientific solutions to the diverse challenges faced by Indian society, particularly rural India. Six houses were set up in science village, which were named after famous Indian Scientists APJ Abdul Kalam, C. V. Raman, Vikram A. Sarabhai, Homi J. Bhabha, Har Govind Khorana and J.C. Bose. These houses depicted the life and achievements of the great Indian Scientists. Student teachers teams underwent unique science activities that will definitely cultivate scientific temper and encourage interest towards science. Scientific activities included hands on experiments in physics, chemistry, scientists-students’ interaction, poster presentations, popular talks on cyber security and science & society, night sky watching, visit to NBRI laboratories, Botanical garden, cultural programs and so on.
On this occasion, Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister for Ministry of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Changes Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the Science Village on 5th October, 2018 and visited the houses and interacted with the students. In his inaugural address he said that students came from different parts of the country for participation in science village and they will gain experience of science and technology. He further explained to the students that they take a dream from IISF and do something in lives to make their names in the areas of scientific fields, so that their work will bring pride to the country and the world.
He also added that Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is helping the country to make scientific ecosystem in the country. The Central Government is ready every time to help the students and youth. On the occasion, Dr Harsh Vardhan reminded that IISF 2018 was dedicated in remembrance of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji, who gave the slogan of Jai Vigyan with Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan. Science Village organized under IISF 2018 in National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow was a great success in shaping the mind of young students for science and technological development. During the various scientific activities students shared knowledge and culture also with each other.
Students from class IX to class XI brought poster on theme “Resources available in their village”. These were displayed on different days. The exposure of students to such festival proved to be important. Students from M. P., Maharashtra, Tripura, Kerala, J&K, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Sikkim, Tripura & Tamil Nadu, UP etc. participated in science village. Even students teachers teams from flood ravaged Kerala also participated in the event. Actually the students came from remote places of the country and had rarely seen research institutions before the event. The effort made students learn about the new development happening in the field of science and using it themselves. Under such an activity, they were taught to assemble the foldscope and use it. Workshop on Foldscope and microscopic observation was also conducted by inventor of the Foldscope Dr. Manu Prakash, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University, USA and his team.
A group of scientists conducted the workshops on Sciencetoon and science poetry. Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and Dr. Sunil Agarwal, Cyber Security Expert, National Cyber Security Council, New Delhi also addressed and interacted with students. Many of the students had come out of their village and travelled in to train first time in their life, reminding the theme of science village 2018 “Reaching the Unreached” and Science for Transformation.