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DC Inaugurates INSPIRE Science camp at Shoolini University

Aimed at generating awareness about science and inspiring students to adopt it as a subject of study, Shoolini University in association with the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, organized a five-day INSPIRE Science Camp here at the university campus. Rakesh Kanwar, Deputy Commissioner, Solan inaugurated the event last week. Over 152 participated in the event students who are 1% toppers from schools across Himachal Pradesh.

Addressing the students, the Deputy Commissioner said, “Science is not a subject, but a viewpoint and a continuous learning process. Science has the strength and courage to call something wrong and when there are efforts to improve that wrong, it accepts it.”

Shoolini University Vice Chancellor Professor, PK Khosla said that this programme would create mass awareness about science as a subject and career option. He lamented on the fact that in the past 86 years no Indian scientist has been able to win the Nobel Prize for his research in India. The last scientist to do so was Dr CV Raman, who won the prize in 1930. He urged students to come up with original ideas in order to succeed.

“Science helps inculcate a sense of enquiry and reasoning, which is essential in our daily lives. Moreover, Basic sciences provide the seeds of all technologies and development of the nation,” he added.

In a separate lecture, Shoolini University’s Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla spoke on ‘innovation’. He said that the future of India is in its villages as there is so much untapped talent there. Citing many examples, he explained how the innovation in the fields of medicine, automobiles and computers has revolutionized our day-to-day life.

"The idea is to promote sciences and research in associated areas and generate interest of school-going students and retain them in basic sciences for the under-graduate level. During the next five days, mentors will motivate students to join sciences and also share their own journeys with them," said Prof Sunil Puri, programme coordinator at Shoolini for the Inspire camp.

Students attending the camp would get an opportunity to meet and interact with renowned Scientists and experts on the subjects pertaining to Science, during their 5 day stay at the university premises. Students will also take in-house lab sessions of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.