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State Student Youth Science Fair sees low participation from varsity students

Kolkata: State Sports & Youth Affairs minister Aroop Biswas on Tuesday termed the lukewarm participation of university students in the State Student Youth Science Fair at Netaji Indoor Stadium as 'unfortunate' while state Education minister lamented that in present times there is hardly any prominent face from Bengal to take the lead in the science fraternity.
The Science Fair saw participation from as many as 69 schools each from the secondary and higher secondary level, 64 colleges and there was only a single university
who participated in the event.
The Ramkrishna Mission University in Belur was the sole varsity which took part in the Fair.
"It is unfortunate that at a time when there is a good number of participants from schools and colleges, only a single varsity is taking part," Biswas said at the inaugural programme.
State Education minister Partha Chatterjee, who was present at the programme regretted the fact that although students in Bengal have the talent, there is a dearth
of prominent faces from the state when it comes to taking a lead role in science and research activities.
"There was a time when Bengal had churned out scientists whose contributions have been exemplary. But now a days, we are witnessing that such prominent faces are not emerging from our state.
We have to prove before the world that we have the talent and credentials to be number one in the world of science and innovation," Chatterjee said.
In a major boost to encourage students to take up scientific research activities, students whose scientific models will be among the best three in Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examinations will be taken to a day's worshop at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology(IIEST) Shibpur.
"I will be personally present at the workshop along with some other professors from IIEST and others from leading institutions. We will ensure that their models are further developed in the best possible way at the workshop," IIEST director Ajoy Kumar Ray
said.
A senior official of the Youth Affairs department said the department will take steps to exhibit the best models at the Fair in competitions at the national level.
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