CSIR to create awareness about science disciplines through Knowledge Sharing Sessions among students

Bhavnagar: A Scientific Excursion was conducted by KAMP at the CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar, Gujarat,  with more than 100 students from Delhi World Public School, Rajkot, Gujarat and Narayana E Techno School, Mumbai.

Knowledge and Awarenss Mapping Platform (KAMP) is an Initiative and Knowledge Alliance of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) – National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (NIScPR) and industrial partner M/S Nysa Communications Pvt. Ltd. (NCPL), it intends to develop creativity, meaningful learning, critical reading, and thinking skills that bring out the inherent abilities of the students.

This excursion provided the students with a unique opportunity to delve into the world of science, technology, and innovation. It aimed to instil a passion for scientific exploration and discovery within the students.

In the introductory session, Dr. Doongar R Chaudhary (Principal Scientist and CSIR-Jigyasa Coordinator at CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar) provided the students with an overview of CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar. Following this, seasoned scientists and researchers from CSIR-CSMCRI enriched the students’ scientific knowledge through an interactive laboratory tour and engaging lectures. The students had the valuable opportunity to interact with and learn from distinguished scientists at CSIR-CSMCRI, including Dr. Gopal R. Bhadu, Dr. Anshul Yadav, Mr. Rishikesh Chormare, and Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Markam.

Within the labs the students learnt several new things, in a practical manner with respect to Carbon Hydrogen Nitrogen Sulphur (CHNS), Ion chromatography, Inductive Coupled Plasma, X-ray fluorescence, Thermograymatric analysis, Differential Scanning Color Matric, Particle Size measurement, crude oil extraction and various other things related to the area of Salt and Marine.

Towards the end of the session, Mr. Aniket Arora (Outreach Coordinator, KAMP) expressed his gratitude to Dr. Kannan Srinivasan (Director, CSIR-CSMCRI) and Dr. Doongar R Chaudhary (Principal Scientist and CSIR-Jigyasa Coordinator CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar). He also mentioned the importance of such events and how KAMP believes that such experiential learning is the key to fostering students’ deep interest in and understanding of science & other developments in India.

He further informed the students about the upcoming activities like the online Knowledge Sharing Sessions, Scientific Excursions for students as well as Continuous Professional Development for teachers to explore, discover, and engage with various scientific disciplines in a real-world setting at various eminent CSIR laboratories/Research Organizations in India.