Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, February 28
Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, in collaboration with IISER, Mohali, and Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, celebrated National Science Day in virtual mode. Around 200 students from all over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and neighbouring states participated in the programme. This year, the theme for the National Science -2021 was ‘Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills and Work.’
Dr Neelima Jerath, Director General, Science City, while giving introductory remarks said National Science Day was celebrated on February 28 every year to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian Physicist Sir CV Raman on 28 February, 1928.
She emphasised that science and technology drive every nation’s progress and prosperity and is an essential tool to meet the challenges related to sustainable development. She called upon the teaching community to motivate students to learn and apply scientific concepts in their daily life so as to ignite their interest in research and innovation.
A special talk on bioacoustics was delivered by Dr Manjari Jain, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, IISER, Mohali, on this occasion. She said bioacoustics was a branch of science that deals with understanding of acoustic communication in animals. This also includes studying the ecology and behaviour of animals such as birds, bats, insects, etc. that communicate with each other using sound and vibrations. Further, she said bioacoustics can also be used to monitor biodiversity and environmental changes including alteration of natural habitats, noise pollution and changes in environmental temperature.
Dr Rajesh Grover, Director Science City, said sustainable future could only be achieved only through science and technology. He emphasised that the knowledge and skills of students in various areas of science and technology must be enriched to develop an informed and knowledgeable society.
A declamation contest was also organised for students of Class VI to XI on the occasion. The first prize in category 1 (class 6 to 8) & category 2 (Class 9 to 11) was won by Kamalika and Sumandeep Kaur from Bawa Lalwani Public School Kapurthala , second prize bagged to Kriti walia and Yashkaran Rattu from Bawa Lalwani Public School Kapurthala and GSSS, Gandhi Camp, Jalandhar, respectively.