11 students from Bengal take part in VVM national camp
Kolkata: As many as 11 students from Bengal, who had qualified for the state level camp on the basis of their performance in the field of science, took part in the national camp of Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM) at Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) Mumbai recently.
The national camp was organised by Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA), a national movement for the propagation and popularisation of Science and Technology among students and masses, in collaboration with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organisation under the Department of Science and Technology.
VVM, is a national science talent search programme aiming to identify and nurture bright minds among the students of class VI to XI. One of the main objectives of VVM is to promote and propagate a scientific and rational outlook in society, to develop interest in science and encourage creativity among the students.
Altogether 230 students out of selected 276 attended the national camp. From Bengal, out of 12 eligible candidates, 11 took part in the programme. The evaluation on the various aspects was conducted at DAE School no 4 situated close to the convention centre. A 2-day special session was also organised for parents at the training centre of BARC in which various speakers delivered their lectures on various aspects of the Indian Science and Modern Science.
Padma Vibhushan and former Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt of India Dr R Chidambaram was the chief guest at the inaugural function.
The programme was highly appreciated by parents, teachers, visitors and also by the students.
National convenor of VVM, Arvind Ranade, Bengal co-ordinator Mayuri Dutt were also present among other dignitaries.
"VVM is perhaps the only platform that ensures the holistic development of the child, right from the scientific knowledge, Indian science, creativity, leadership development and also on the scientific thinking ability of the child," a guardian attended the programme said.