Engineering models show opened at IISF

India International Science Festival

Engineering
models show opened at IISF

Engineering
model competition at IISF

Kolkata,
November 6 : Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare and
Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday inaugurated an engineering model
competition
at the ongoing India International Science Festival here.

The competition
has brought together several students from across the country under one roof to
showcase their innovative ideas. The competition was held at Council of
Scientific and Industrial Research- Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (CSIR-IICB)
.
It witnessed participation of around 200 students from across the country.

Dr Harsh
Vardhan said the government was always open to innovative ideas and welcomed
students to take up start-ups too.  He
pointed out that over two lakh innovative ideas have been developed and
showcased by organisations like National Innovation Foundation in Ahmedabad.

Appreciating
the models prepared by the students, he particularly mentioned a model that has
been made by one visually impaired student and he said that such kind of ideas
would be further taken up.

He said that
as science and technology, apart from being used as intellectual assets, can
give solutions to various problems that we are facing.

“Innovation
coefficient is very important and the Prime Minister encourages youngsters for
their innovative ideas. India can harness young talent and students can give
solutions to each and every existing problem,” Dr Harsh Vardhan
added.  

He
emphasised that even if someone is underprivileged, one should keep on making
efforts to achieve their goals and problems faced by him in his condition can
help him find scientific solutions to problems.

The
exhibition has 108 models that are on display and addressing the exhibitors Dr
Harsh Vardhan said that this exhibition should not be the end of their hard
work. They should keep making efforts towards entrepreneurship and start-ups. 

The models displayed
at the event show that India’s youth is not short of creativity. From
technologies to make existing machines cost effective to developing assistive
technologies for disabled people, this event was an inspiration for dreamers,
achievers and the curious minds.

The minister
interacted with students and encouraged to think how these models can be taken up
to the next level. “Choose any subject for innovation and make efforts. Do not
get disheartened if you do not attempt success at once. Keep going and keep
working hard till you achieve it,” he said.

During a session
on science communication in Indian languages, Dr Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz,
Vice-Chancellor, Maulana Azad Urdu University, Hyderabad, stressed the
importance of communicating science through regional languages. The thinking
and behaviour of a society depend on what they read, he said. Scientific
attitude can be propagated only if it is delivered in one’s local language.  

(India Science Wire)

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