NCSC 2010 witnessed participation of young scientists from northeast

Friday, January 7, 2011

GUWAHATI/CHENNAI - The 18th National Children Science Congress (NCSC), which was recently held in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai city witnessed the participation of young scientists from Nagaland, Meghalaya and other states of the northeast.

16 years old Kaka Lotha, who is a young scientist from Nagaland, represented her state in the five day long National Children Science Congress.

Lotha, a student of Dimapur’s Livingstone Higher Secondary School with her project ‘Anthropogenic Activities on Land’ aims to spread awareness about how degradation of soil can be prevented.

“We all know that what is happening to our soil, so I have my vision and ideas, which I have come here to put forward to others as they can be used to prevent soil degradation and create better environment,” said Lotha.

Though it was Lotha’s debut at a national level competition, she was confident and was very excited to meet the other young budding scientists.

Many other promising scientists from Nagaland all under 18 years of age also took part in the National Children Science Congress, which was held from December 27 to 31, 2010.

Rongsen, a guide from Nagaland, asserting that such competitions benefit the students said: “What I find here is that the children here are more open to new ideas, which Nagaland is still lacking at. So getting our children here will be beneficiary to us.”

The 18th National Children Science Congress was held at VELS university campus in Chennai under the aegis of National Council for Science and Technology Communication, a congregation of 76 voluntary and government organizations that works to popularize science and stimulate scientific temperament among youth.

Themed ‘Land resources- Use for prosperity, save for posterity’, the national level extravaganza aimed to provide a forum to young children to exhibit their creativity and innovativeness and more particularly their ability to solve a societal problem using the method of science.

More than 2000 delegates including participants from other Asian countries showed up during the event that provided a platform for students to interact with each other and learn more.

Students showcased their innovative projects relating to robotics, magnetism, energy, optics and several other areas.

“We are working on the popularization and awareness of science and technical development of the students,” said Ramalingam, Scientist and Organizer, National Children Congress 2010.

Selected participants at the congress were provided incentives and other facilities under government run programs to pursue higher studies. (ANI)

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