MP Govt to promote science among youngsters

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Bangalore, Jan 31 (UNI) To nurture and develop the gifted and exceptionally bright high school students, the Madhya Pradesh Government will send as many as 1,000 students to Bangalore, the capital of Science and Technology, in a special train 'Vigyan Manthan Express' to motivate them to take up a career in science.

Prof K I Vasu, President Vigyan Bharati and Chairman Task Force for S and T, Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology, speaking to newspersons here yesterday, said students drawn from all the 48 districts would visit science and technology institutions in the city and interact with eminent scientists and technologists.

He said the 'Fun and Learn' tour was a part of the Madhya Pradesh Government's ambitious programme 'Mission Excellence' targeted at identifying and nurturing over ten lakh students and youth from the State during the 11th five-year plan.

Prof Vasu said the programme was being coordinated by the Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology with a focus on identifying scientific talent from the target group of school and college students and nurturing them to excel in their fields.

On the 'Vigyan Manthan Express', he said a large number of teachers would accompany the students in visits to prestigious institutions like the IISc, HAL, NAL, Viveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, NIMHANS and ISRO.

The students would also have an opportunity to interact with eminent scientists at the end of the tour, he added.

Prof Vasu said the 'Fun and Learn' tour would help the students to enrich their knowledge and understanding of the culture of those around them, enhance their thinking skill, creativity, decision making, problem solving and reasoning.

He said the Vigyan Manthan Express, a specially chartered train, was flagged off on January 28 by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivaraj Singh Chauhan at Habibganj Railway Station in Bhopal. The students would also visit Pune and Kanyakumari in the special train, he added.


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