4th Science Expo inagurated at Nehru Science Centre

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Mumbai, Jan 11 (UNI) ''The 4th Science Expo an Interface of Science and Society'' was inagurated today by Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Dr Mustansir Barma, here at the Nehru Science Centre.

The event which will continue till January 15, has participants from leading scientific and research organisations or institutions in and around Mumbai. Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre and many others will showcase the latest developents and research.

Inagurating the Expo Mr Barma said, ''This is good for students who have the unique opportunity to see what research and development organisations are doing.'' ''The economic growth and well being of a nation is inextricably linked to the development in science and technology. India has a great science and technological tradition in the past. In the post- independence era and the last decade India has made remarkable progress. This was possible largely due to contributions of various scientific institutions in India. In order to provide an opportunity to the comman man and students to have knowledge of research and development, this Expo has been started since 2004,'' says a spokesperson.

During the five day event, Nehru Science Centre will also organise a series of popular science lectures by eminent scientists of participating institutions on contemporary annd socially relevant subjects like cancer, environment, nuclear energy, space, geo-magnetism and biology.

Besides this, several competitions and programes for students interactive computer multi- media demonstrations, video shows will also be organised during the event.

Director of Indian Institute of Geomagnetism Prof Archana Bhattacharyya, will be the Chief Guest in valedictory function on January 15 and she will also give away prizes to winners of competitions to be conducted in the 5 day extravangaza.

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