Manohar Parrikar Vidnyan Mahotsav to ‘focus’ on students

NT NETWORK

Panaji

The two-day Manohar Parrikar Vidnyan Mahotsav proposed to
be inaugurated on December 13, later this year, on the birth anniversary of the
former chief minister Manohar Parrikar will focus on students, as its target
audience.

The National Institute of Oceanography Auditorium is
expected to be the venue for this event.

Coming out with this information Jose Manuel Noronha, the
chairman of the Goa State Innovation Council, which is the organising body for
the event, said that the event is mainly aimed towards encouraging scientific
temperament in the students.

“It is to motivate them and make them understand how
leading scientists and Nobel Laureates have won their prizes and what they did
when they were young, and so on,” he added, pointing out that the students
could then try to emulate them.

Speaking further, Noronha said that the state government
through its department of science and technology will organise this science
festival, which is slated to be an annual event.

“It is a state event and we are not co-ordinating with
the central government as done for the Nobel Prize Series-India 2018, last
year,” he added.

This year, the theme of the event is ‘Science for Vibrant
Society: A dialogue with scientists’, and it would change every year.

The executive committee for the event headed by Noronha,
which met on September 9, will meet again to finalise the venue for the science
festival.

“We are not sure as to whether Kala Academy would be
available to us for hosting this event as it is presently not operational,”
Noronha said, pointing out that three venues namely National Institute of
Oceanography Auditorium, Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium and Taleigao
Community Hall have been recommended, however, no final call has been taken
about the venue. “In fact, since it is a science festival, the NIO Auditorium
would be most appropriate,” he observed.

Noronha also said that no scientist or Nobel Laureate has
been finalised for the event yet.

“We have just begun the process, which includes three
phases, first identification of these luminaries, then communicating with them,
and finally inviting them formally,” he noted.

The event is expected to include lectures by the
scientists and Nobel Laureates, followed by their question-answer session with
the students.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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