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Varsity pledges support for school science projects


By C.M. Paul
One of the Science & Technology exhibits at the first Bosco Tech Fest 2014 held in Guwahati, 1st November.
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Guwahati, Nov. 1.   A university in Assam has pledged support for Science and Technology projects of higher secondary schools in the state as part of its corporate social responsibility program.
Director of the School of Technology at Assam Don Bosco University Prof. Manoranjan Kalita made the pledge at the end of the day long Science and Technology fest christened Bosco Tech Fest 2014, the first of its kind organized in the state.

''We would like to promote science and technology to ensure entrepreneurship in northeast India. To achieve this aim the ADBU School of Technology and its five departments will help institutions who wish to collaborate both academically and technically,'' said Prof Kalita pledging the university's commitment.

Some 130 of senior students of 10 Higher Secondary schools participated at the five events held at its Azara campus in Guwahati.

Addressing the inaugural gathering of the first Bosco Tech Fest 2014 on Saturday Prof. Kalita said, ''We have come up with this fest with day long activities both academic and fun filled, geared to Higher Secondary students to promote Science and Technology.''

The Chief Guest at BTF, the Vice Chancellor of Cotton College State University Guwahati, Prof Dhrubajyoti Saikia, himself an eminent academician and research scientist in physics, encouraged the students to have ''a querying mind to apply science for society and common good.''

He cited the example of student research group at St John Hopkin's University which came up with a low cost instrument kit which could identify anemic cases of malnourished mothers.

He also challenged the students to come up with a solar powered system that could keep cow's milk cool during transportation to the diary.

Vice Chancellor of ADBU Dr Stephen Mavely complimented the efforts of the faculty and students of the School of Technology who put together the fest.

Ten schools from Guwahati and neighboring districts took part at the five events.

The Scifair (science fair) had 9 teams, debate on the topic: In the opinion of the house ''without Internet, is life possible,'' (15 teams), science quiz (13 teams), and a science exhibition (9 teams) to showcase science and technology projects.

The day ended with a fun fulfilled event in which nine schools took part in the group dance competition.

During the day, the BTF participants visited the labs of all five departments of the school of technology.
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