The two days ‘CSIR Programme on Youth for Leadership in Science (CPYLS)’ was organized by National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) on 9th and 10th February 2011. The programme was attended by seven meritorious students from various schools of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh along with their parents. Er Anuj Sinha, Director, Vigyan Prasar and Consultant, DST presided over the inaugural function as Chief Guest. The dignitaries on the dais were Mrs Deeksha Bist, Scientist G & Coordinator, CPYLS and Dr K Y Kavathekar, Scientist G. The programme was inaugurated by lighting the lamp jointly by the chief guest, Er Anuj Sinha and Mrs Deeksha Bist along with the invited students. The function was attended by all senior scientists of NISCAIR. Mrs Deeksha Bist, Coordinator CPYLS, NISCAIR in her welcome address introduced the gathering about the theme of the programme. She outlined the importance of science in today’s world and encouraged young students to discover science as an exciting, rewarding and fulfilling career. During her address, she described the CPYLS objective: Building up the scientific temper at an early age and to instill a sense of pride in the achievements of Indian science through the unique ‘hand holding’ efforts made by CSIR adopting CPYLS.
Er Anuj Sinha, in his inaugural speech, emphasized igniting the passion of science in young minds and its relevance in the context of International Year of Chemistry 2011. He talked about the importance of chemistry in our day to day life. While addressing students he focused on the alarming changes in the climate due to pollution which directly affect the human beings. He emphasized, through examples and real stories, on the importance of science. He made his presentation more interactive by inviting students to fill up the gaps in his slides based on their interest/understanding of various scientific fields. He encouraged students to analyze their thoughts and relate them with their passion to have a constructive future. He also appreciated the interest of participating students in varied scientific fields. The inaugural session concluded with Dr K Y Kavathekar, Scientist G proposing vote of thanks.
In the introductory session, Mr G Mahesh, Scientist EII briefed students on various scientific activities being carried out at both the campuses of NISCAIR. He highlighted the role of NISCAIR in dissemination of science and as repository of scientific knowledge. The introduction was followed by a theory session on “Growth of Science in India after Independence” by Mr Hasan Javed Khan, Editor, Science Reporter. Theoretical session was followed by an interactive session on the latest project carried out at NISCAIR “Science Communication through Multimedia” by Shri Gauhar Raza. After these sessions, the CPYLS participants visited the divisions of NISCAIR. In Art and Graphics Section, Mrs Neeru Sharma interacted with students on the application of multimedia in information science and technology and showed them the formatting of popular science magazines and books. In the Printing Section, Mr Nagpal and Mr Pramod Sharma demonstrated various steps involved in the printing process and the actual 4-colour printing on the machines. Students also visited the Raw Material Herbarium Museum (RHM) where Dr H B Singh, Head, RHM discussed with the students about various exhibits of the museum on natural products.
On the second day, the students were taken to National Physical Laboratory (NPL), CSIR to visit the Time & Frequency Division to see the “Atomic Clock”. Dr A Sen Gupta, Scientist H, NPL demonstrated and discussed the importance of maintenance of Indian Standard Time at global level. He also showed the on-going experiments being conducted in his lab on standardization of time with respect to frequency. After tea, Mrs Kanika Malik, Scientist C delivered a lecture on the “Importance of Intellectual Property Rights in Science” explaining the importance of IPR as a tool for the development of a nation.
In the afternoon, the students visited NISCAIR, S V Marg Campus. Mr Mukesh Pund, Scientist EII explained about SAARC Documentation Centre (SDC) and the role of NISCAIR in it. On their visit to National Science Library (NSL), Mrs V V Lakshmi, Head, NSL & National Science Digital Library (NSDL) described the services provided, especially for the students. She also discussed about e-journal consortium and open-access (OA) initiatives of NSL for research students. Mr Ashok Kumar Chawla, Head, Translation Division interacted with students and with a brief PowerPoint presentation explained the activities and services available at SV Marg Campus of NISCAIR.
The valedictory function (at SVM Campus) was presided by Mrs Deeksha Bist, Coordinator CPYLS, along with other senior scientists from NISCAIR. Mrs Bist in her speech inspired the young students to opt for science and technology for their career. All the participants expressed their views and appreciated the programme. Mrs Bist felicitated the participating students with certificates and complimentary set of books from NISCAIR. The programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Mr Ashok Chawla, Head, Translation Division.