National Science Day was celebrated in St. Thomas College, Bhilai and was sponsored and catalyzed by CCOST and NCSTC, Department of Science and Technology, GOI. The theme being Make in India: Science and Technology Driven Innovations. Various activities like Intercollegiate Essay Writing Competition (Hindi and English) topic: /Make in India: Role of Skill Education, College Power Point Preparation and Presentation Competition (Any Discipline) topic – Innovations in Science and Technology in India and Popular Lecture Series (Science PG students) was conducted over a period of one month. Prof. M.M. Hambarde, Director General, CCOST, Raipur, CG was the chief guest of the Closing Ceremony and Prof. N.P. Dixit, Vice Chancellor, Durg Vishwavidyalaya presided over the function. Prof M.M. Hambarde expressed that National Science Day should not be celebrated or organized just to symbolize the day, but is meant to inspire young scientists and students. He further discussed about the motivation of being awarded and urged that it is not only for competition, but one should perform for their own satisfaction and sense of achievement. Prof. N.P. Dixit in his presidential address focused on research and innovations. He said that innovations are not that one reads in a book but it is that which is done through proper analytical studies. He emphasized that both students and teachers should follow ancient Vedas and Upanishads which are the real source of inventions in our country. Vice Principal, Dr. M. G. Roymon welcomed the gathering. Dr. Jayshree Bala Subramanium, HOD Department of Zoology presented a detailed report on various activities conducted and acknowledged the illustrious speakers Dr. R. D. Sarma, Department of Mathematics, Delhi University (Fuzzy set theory and its applications) and Dr. Utkarsh Ghate, Director, Covenant Centre for Development, Durg, C.G. (Homemade Science and Technology Inventions) for the popular lecture series, congratulated the prize winners in the competitions and motivated all the participants of the competitions as well as the PG students for attending the lecture series and enthusiastically participating in the discussion session. The winners of the competitions were awarded cash prizes. In Intercollegiate Hindi Essay Writing Competition Mr. Shubham Dewangan of IV Sem, CSE, BIT won the First Prize and Ms. Surbhi Deshpandey of Msc II Sem Mathematics, S S Swaropanand Saraswati Mahavidyalay, Bhilai won the Second Prize. In English Essay Writing Competition First Prize was bagged by Ms. Bhuveshwari Anandkar Gupta of BSc Part II, St. Thomas College, Bhilai and Second Prize was won by Ms Raj Lakshmi Verma of BSc III, also of St. Thomas College, Bhilai. The cash prizes were Rs.1500 and Rs.1000 respectively. Mr Partha Sharma of BJMC IV Semester won First Prize (Rs 1250) and Ms Neelima Sinha of MSc Mathematics II Semester won the Second Prize (Rs 1000) in Power Point Preparation and Presentation Competition. The programme was conducted by Dr. Jyoti Bakshi, Asst. Prof PG Dept. of Botany and Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr. Suja Varghese, HOD PG Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences. Adminstrator Rev. George Mathew Ramban, Dr. Vinita Thomas, HOD, P.G Department of Botany, Dr. James Matthew, HOD, P.G Department of Chemistry were present on the occasion.
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