A regional children’s science congress!

A Regional children’s Science Congress was planned by deputy commissioner V Nageshwar Rao sir this year for NVS Hyderabad region. After discussion with him over phone in the month of july, we sought the help of few IIT Kanpur & IIT Madras faculty in this regard. Thanks to the motivation by Rao sir that NVS Hyderbad principals showed readiness and enthusiasm. They met faculty and administration at IIT Madras and the dates and venue were fixed. Participation is expected to be over 150, atleast 100 studends and 30 science teachers from various JNVs have already confirmed for the event. Subsequently, a tentative program was finalized which I am appending here.

Tentative day-wise programme


10.00am to 11.30am : Inaugural Session. His Excellency, Dr. Abdul Kalam,Ex-President of India. Prof. Anand, Director, IIT, Chennai.
11.30am – 11.45am : Tea Break
11.45am – 01.00pm : Dr. Kesavan, Asst. Professor,Dept. of Bio-technology IIT, Chennai.Topic – Application of Bio – technology in Medicine.
01.00pm – 02.00pm : Lunch
02.00pm – 05.00pm : Visit to Labs in IIT, Chennai Physics/Chemistry/Bio-technology.
05.00pm – 05.30pm : Tea Break
05.30pm – 07.30pm : Visit to Library, IIT, Chennai (Dr. Harish Chandra, Librarian, IIT, Chennai)


10.00am to 10.15am : Dr. Mishra, Asst. Professor,Dept. of Physical Chemistry. Topic – Science as Career
10.15am – 11.30am : Dr. Santha Kumar,Dean, Academics, IIT, Chennai. Topic – Air Plane and How the Fly
11.30am – 11.45am : Tea Break
11.45am – 01.00pm : Dr. T.S. Natarajan, Prof. Dept. of Physics, IIT Chennai. Topic – Learning Physics through activity.
01.00pm – 02.00pm : Lunch
03.00pm – 06.00pm : Visit to Science and Technology Park
06.00pm – 08.00pm : Planetary and Observatory Session


9.00am-10.30pm : Dr.M.S. Swaminathan. Hon’ble Rajya Sabha Member (or) Head of the Dept. M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation Chennai.
10.30am-10.45am : Tea break
10.45am-12.00noon : Dr.Hema A Murthy, Prof. Dept of Computer science. IIT, Chennai. Topic: ICT for education in Indian context
12.00noon-1.15pm : Dr.Arvind Krishnamurthy. Consultant Surgical Oncologist, Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai.
1.15pm-2.00pm : Lunch
2.00pm-3.00p : Interaction with Students by Scientist CLRI Chennai.
3.00pm-5.00pm : Visit to CLRI, Chennai.
7.00pm-8.00pm : Paper presentation by students


9.00am- 6.00 pm : Visit to Kalpakkam
9.00am – 01.00pm : BHAVANI Project, Kalpakkam
01.00pm – 02.00pm : Lunch
02.00pm – 05.00pm : MAPS Project, Kalpakkam
07.00pm – 08.00pm : Quiz by Alumni.


9.00am – 01.00pm : Visit to M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai.
01.00pm – 02.00pm : Lunch
02.00pm – 03.00pm : Interaction with Alumni.
03.00pm – 05.30pm : Valedictory Function. Dr. Vishwanath, Ex-Vice Chancellor, Anna University, Chennai


There are a few sessions to be conducted by JNV alumni for which we need to get ready and assure its presence at IITM on the given dates. The sessions include quiz, paper presentation, interaction with students and career counseling. I will be participating in the sessions too. I invite all the navodayans those who wish to join us for the same. Additionally, we want such navodayans who are willing to do something for navodaya.

Few of us alumni had a meeting and discussed the ideas yesterday. The quiz will have 8 rounds and 6 groups of the students, and each round of ten minutes. Each group will have maximium four students with at least one girl student. Instructions for each round will be given before starting the round. Please suggest for some more rounds.

* Rapid fire
* Choice based
* Silly points
* Movies and Fun rounds

You may kindly send us some questions for quiz based on science and technology by this Sunday. You may also send a list of few great books to be presented to students. The books can be related to multi-dimensional aspects facilitating an all round accompalishment of students, eg. Science, Technology, Indian Culture and History, Economy, Polity ,Adolacent fiction/non-fiction/Biography by good Indian/International writers. CDs too to be given on Sciene & Technology (documentaries). Prizes will be given to winner so suggestions for prizes are welcome too. Please get in touch with us writing a message here.

If you can not make it and would want to contribute to the event, contributions can be made to Trishul, SBI Bank account no 10620885653, Branch, IIT Madras. Make sure you add ‘JNV Regional Science Congress’ in the remarks column.

Dear readers, waiting for your prompt response. Thank you!


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  1. TN kids lose out in rural edu uplift:

    Chennai, Nov. 2: Over 100 students from the Navodaya schools in 78 districts across south India have gathered here for a five-day ‘Regional Children’s Science Congress’ that will take them to all important science and technology installations in and around Chennai, besides offering them lively interactive sessions with top scientists and educationists.


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