KHOJ to be converted into a world-wide event

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Thane, Sep 29 (UNI) 'KHOJ'- the science festival of DAV Centre for Creative Education may be converted into a world-wide event keeping in view the extreme popularity of the festival, DAV Institutions for Western India Regional Director Dr K B Kushal said. The festival, which was the brain child of Dr Kushal, was in its 8th year of organization.

Speaking to mediapersons on the inauguration of the two-day festival here on the premises of DAV public school, Dr Kushal said the festival, which started with just three schools, has a participation of more than 50 schools this year from all over the country and the number of students participating was more than 800.

'KHOJ' has become immensely popular over the past few years because it captures the interest of pupils and challenges their intellect, said DAV CMC New Delhi president Padmashree G P Chopra.

It was enticing because it links science to their immediate experiences and makes the subject relevant to their daily activities, he added.

'KHOJ' is a means to identify and nurture scientific talent, make students aware of the excitement and potential that will go into pursuing a career in science,'' Dr Kushal pointed out.

''To achieve a position of economic leadership, it is imperative for India to achieve leadership in science and technology also. This is possible only if a sizeable number of young Indians are conditioned to scientific thinking in their formative years. Since the conventional classroom teaching alone does not ensure that the leaders acquire an intrinsic thirst for science, there is this compelling need for non-formal opportunities from learning science,'' he added.

Dr Kushal further said the interaction of the children with eminent scientists focusing on current developments during the deliberations was bound to make the 8th National science festival 'KHOJ 2007' a complete experience for every one.

'KHOJ 2007' will focus on issues like renewable energy, global warming and ayurveda along with illustrative thematic presentations, concept based exhibits, science in action, scientific puzzles and mysteries.

UNI

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