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August 10, 2009

‘Children have to develop scientific bent of mind’

GUWAHATI, Aug 10: “After completing 10+2 our students opt for either medical or engineering courses. Very few take up basic science as a career. We need to develop a scientific attitude among the students,” said Assam Science and Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC) director Dr SK Choudhury. At a press conference today in Guwahati, Dr Choudhury said ASTEC will be organizing a central function of Aryabhatta Science Centres on August 12 at the Machkhowa ITA Complex.

He said that ASTEC had set up Aryabhatta Science Centres in 212 development blocks across the State. This project, supported by the Department of Science and Technology, was launched in February 2008.

The objectives of Aryabhatta Science Centre are to build a scientific attitude among school students, to make science education exciting through experimentation and hands-on activities and to promote basic science as a career.

Dr Choudhury said that the central function on August 12 will review the activities of the Aryabhatta Science Centres. Also, funds will be distributed to each Centre along with audio-visual instruments. He added that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will be the Chief Guest of the function while Asom Science and Technology minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will be the guest of honour.

The Chief Minister will also flag off the Mobile Non-Conventional Energy Van to various parts of the State from the ITA Complex on that day. The van will reach Nagaon on August 15 and Jorhat on August 18. It will participate at the State- level function of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas in Jorhat on August 20. Dr Choudhury also said that there will an interactive session between scientists and school students on August 12 in which besides himself, former scientist of North East Institute of Science and Technology Dr Dinesh Goswami and Dr RK Barman will also interact with students. THE SENTINEL

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