Inaugural Function of INSPIRE Internship Science Camp
Date: December 20, 2016
Department of Science & Technology, Government of India sponsored five-days INSPIRE Internship Science Camp was inaugurated by Shri. Makrand Pandurang, Honourable Deputy Commissioner, District Sonepat, Government of Haryana at 11:00 AM on 20 December, 2016. This is the third such programme organized at SRM University, Delhi-NCR, Sonepat, Haryana. More than 150 school toppers of 10th board, who are pursuing 11th standard with science subjects from six districts (Jind, Jhajjar, Rohtak,Panipat, Sonepat, &Bhiwani) of Haryana; one school from Narela, Delhi, along with twenty five teachers are participating in this 5 days INSPIRE Internship Science Camp (20-24 December, 2016).
In his inaugural address, the Deputy Commissioner, advised and encouraged the august participants for selecting science as their option, and urged them to improve in their studies for making a good career. He pointed out on the relevance of basic sciences and its impact on scientific enquiry and assured that the Govt. of Haryana and the officials are wholeheartedly ready to cooperate with the University for organizing such programmes.
In his welcome address, Dr. D.K. Pandey, Director of Innovations (IEEEP), SRM University, said that this programme has been conceptualized by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India in 2008, which is being organized throughout the country. He said, this science camp gives an opportunity to the young generation to experience and expertise the thrill of invention, innovation and discovery. He further observed that democratization of science can be helpful to reach the diverse needs and inquisitives of the student community, and explicated that this time the University invited applications from JawaharNavodayaVidyalaya in addition to other State and Central schools.
Prof. S. Rajarajan, Vice Chancellor of SRM University while presiding the function welcomed the student community and read out the Chancellor’s message wishing the programme. He further reflected on the grand Indian scientific tradition and the potential in the contemporary generation to carry forward that legacy of Sir C V Raman, Subramaniam Chandrasekhar, Venkataraman and so on. Commenting on the efforts on modern science and research of SRM group of institutions, he articulated that SRM University is the second University in India to have been recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Govt. of India. Exhorting the importance of Science, he said, “Technology won’t be meaningful unless it emphasizes on its basic foundation, where passion for science is integral to all scientific discourses.”
Prof. P. Thangaraju, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Medical), SRM University, Chennai, in his special address,described the significance of scientific research and SRM University’s indelible scientific research culture and contribution to the broader National/Global scientific spectrum. He also statistically expounded the implications of higher scientific research of India and our standing at the global level and argued that students across India and abroad are attracted to SRM University due to its unique and uncompromising academic tradition.
Dr. G. J. Samathanam, Director of Research, students’ adviser, and Chairman, Organizing Committee of the INSPIRE CAMP explained that the INSPIRE programme has the capability to uphold the tradition of science in our country and encouraged the students for being privileged to attend this programme. He further enlightened that this young university invited eminent scholars, renowned professors, inspiring teachers, enthusiastic demonstrators and so on, for arousing the basic scientific knowledge of young student-participants.
The function was attended by many senior functionaries of the University, Haryana Govt. and school teachers. The inauguration ceremony ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Manish Bhalla, Registrar of the university.