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100 HS Science students trained to take up Innovative Research 

INSPIRE Internship Camp of DST successfully concludes at USTM

9th Mile, Baridua, May 26, 2018: “It was indeed an inspiring camp for us. In the last five days I have earned interest and some sort of confidence to take up a career in scientific research. Now I am clear about my aim in life”, said Ms Asani Wilson Asoya from St. Edmund's HS School, Shilling. In the same tune, Paleen Bose from Cotton University, Guwahati too said, “Though the normal perception of becoming a doctor or an engineer after pursuing science in academics is slowly coming down, a career as a scientist is rarely advised by our elders as it is presumed to be the domain of the genius ones. However, this notion has been changed from my mind after actively participating in the DST INSPIRE Camp here”.

Hundred meritorious science students from different schools and colleges belonging to Meghalaya and Assam participated in the five-day-long residential Internship Camp which was concluded on Friday, 25 May. The Camp was organized by the University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya with the support of the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. The objective of the Camp was to give serious effort to make science appealing to students so that the aspirants can hone a career in scientific research.

Number of eminent scientists and professors from reputed institutions imparted training in different sessions in the Camp. The resource persons include Prof A.K. Paul, Department of Biology, University of Calcutta; Prof Saurabh Basu, Department of Physics, IIT Guwahati, Prof Ranjan Basu, Department of Chemistry, University of Calcutta; Dr P. Nongkynri, Department of Physics, NEHU; Dr S. Borkotokey, Department of Mathematics, Dibrugarh University; Prof G. Das, Department of Chemistry, IITG; Prof. K. Pakshirajan, Bioscience and Bioengineering, IITG; Prof H.N. Sarma, Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh, apart from faculty members of USTM.

An exposure visit of the participating students to IIT Guwahati was also organized where they explored several research laboratories under the departments of Physics, Chemistry and Biology and interacted with faculty members and scientific officers. This has been a unique opportunity for the students that motivated them and gave them an insight to take up research as a career.

A write up competition on ‘New and Innovative Ideas in different emerging areas of Science and Technology’ was also held among the students. The best three write ups were awarded with cash prizes and certificates. The first prize went to Ardourine T Lamin, St. Margaret’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong, the second prize went to Chetan Agarwal, B Barooah College, Guwahati while the third prize was won by Auup Baishya, B Barooarh College.

Addressing the valedictory function, Sri M Hoque, Chancellor, USTM said, “The camp will be a turning point for the brilliant group of students and we will see the outcome in the coming days”. Prof H.N. Sarma from Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh also spoke in the occasion. The camp ended with distribution of prizes as well as certificates of participation followed by vote of thanks by Dr AH Barbhuiya, Academic Registrar, USTM.   
 

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