100 HS Science students trained to take up Innovative
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.