Report on the Science Fair for School Children held on 7th November 2015 at CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad

CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad in collaboration with Royal Society of Chemistry (India) and B Toppers, Hyderabad had organized Science Fair for School Children on 7th November 2015 at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad. For this event, Dr. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Assistant Professor (Senior), Organic Chemistry Division, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Vellore was invited to deliver a guest lecture. Dr. D. Shailaja, Secretary, IICT Research Foundation started the proceedings with welcoming of Dr. S. Chandrasekhar, Director, CSIR-IICT, Prof. K.S. Sastry, Chairman, RSC, DS, India and Mrs. V. Madhavi, Director, B-Toppers, Hyderabad and presented bouquets. The Science Fair was inaugurated with lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries on the dais.

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Dr. S. Chandrasekhar welcomed the school children and teachers for attended this great event from various schools in Telangana State. He briefed about the various activities which are happening in this Institute. He also said that he was a student of this Institute and now became the Director of this great institute. He encouraged the school children to take science subjects and become the scientists/engineers to serve the nation. He also encouraged the teachers, who are the ambassadors of the Indian education.

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Then, there was a break for tea for children, teachers and organizers. After the break, Prof. K.S. Sastry informed about the events being carried out by Royal Society of Chemistry, London. This kind of science fairs and other programmes particularly for school children are being taken up by RSC every year. He also encouraged the school children to take science subjects in their college education and suggested to become the future scientists/engineers of this great nation.

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Then Mrs. V. Madhavi, Director, B Toppers informed about their organization in conducting such kind of programmes every year in association with RSC. Then Dr. S. Rajasekhar Reddy of VIT delivered the popular talk on “Chemistry Involved in Daily Life”. Dr Reddy said that chemistry is everywhere and every modern day needs modern chemistry with fulfilling man daily needs and thanks to Chemistry. Dr. Reddy also said that most of the daily life products were produced using chemicals present in plants, algae, herbs and other natural resources.

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Then the students and teachers had demonstrated and explained about the exhibits like working models and posters

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The organizers appointed the five judges from RSC, CSIR-IICT and B-Topers to examine and to select the best models/posters. Dr P Srihari, Dr B China Raju, Dr Narender Reddy from IICT visited all the models/posters and asked possible questions to the students for the selection. After thorough examination, the judges selected three schools for the first, second & third prizes and four consolation prizes each. The 1st prize of Rs. 5,000/- was given to Tejasvi Vidyaranya, Hyderabad; the 2nd prize of Rs. 3,000/- was captured by Ramalinga Reddy Residential School, Kurnool and the third prize of Rs. 2,000/- was given to Geeta High School, Patancheru, Hyderabad. 4 Consolation prizes of Rs. 500/- each were distributed to Srinidhi Olympiad, Hyderabad; Vedam School Bhaimsa, Adilabad; Lead India, Warangal and Greenhood, Warangal. Smt. Srivari Bharathi w/o of Dr S Chandrasekhar, D-IICT has given memento on her own as a special prize to Tejasvi Vidyaranya, Hyderabad.

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Mr. V Mohan Rao, Mr K Sriram and Dr B China Raju have made all the arrangements like Dais, Refreshments and lunch etc. for smooth and successful conduction of the programme.

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The programme ended with vote of thanks and was appreciated by all the participants as well as organizers. The programme was well covered by electronic and print media.