Jamshedpur: CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur in association with the Jharkhand Chapter of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) celebrated the National Science Day on Friday with great pomp and show.
Dr. Rajendra Joshi, Founder and CEO, RI Instruments & Innovation Pvt Ltd, and Managing Director RINZTECH NZ LTD, New Zealand was the Chief Guest of the function. In addition to NML Scientific and technical staff, more than 50 researchers participated in the programme through an online platform with a direct telecast on YouTube.
While welcoming the gathering Dr. Indranil Chattoraj, Director, CSIR-NML briefed the audience about the importance of the research work being conducted by Dr Joshi and his team towards the development of low-cost instruments in our country. He mentioned the importance of the theme of this year’s science day, which is “Future of STI: Impact on Education Skills and Work”. He was enthusiastic about the revival of gatherings specifically on science day after the long dry period of the COVID crisis.
While delivering the welcome addresses Dr. Arvind Sinha, Chairman Jharkhand Chapter of NASI, where he enumerated the different societal work NASI is engaged in across India. Dr. Sinha requested the science teachers in promoting the overall interest of students in science. He also congratulated the three winners of the Best Science Teacher Award -2021.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Rajendra Joshi delivered the lecture on “Cost-effective Raman and Fluorescence spectroscopy in India”. In his lecture, Dr. Joshi deliberated on the importance of the Raman Effect and had a simplistic approach while explaining the fundamentals of the Raman Effect to the audience, especially the younger ones. He emphasized the different applications of the Raman spectrometer. He elaborated on his team’s work on innovations in the field of graphene oxide-based biosensors.
On behalf of the Jharkhand state chapter of NASI the chief guest gave away the “BEST SCIENCE TEACHER AWARD-2020-2021 for Jharkhand State to three teachers namely –Sumit Kumar Gorai (TGT) Delhi Public School Bokaro Steel City, Asheesh Mishra (PGT), Atomic Energy Central School, Jaduguda and Ramanuj Kumar (PGT), Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tatanagar.
The Objective of instituting the award is to recognize a teacher every year, teaching science in High Schools / Higher Secondary Schools / Intermediate Colleges and other equivalent institutions, for distinction achieved by him/her in stimulating students to express their talent in and understanding of science, especially through participation in co-curricular and out-of-the-classroom science activities.
Award is given in junior and senior category respectively. The award includes a cash prize of Rs 10,000/= and a citation.
All the three awardees gave away the brief presentation. Dr. RK Sahu, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NML, presented the vote of thanks and expressed his appreciation to all the members of the organizing team for their untiring efforts in making the programme a success.