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`Promote scientific temperament'

By Our Special Correspondent


TIRUCHI, MARCH 4. The need to promote scientific temperament in the young minds for the overall development of the nation was stressed at the valediction of the `National Science Day' celebrations organised by the Anna Science Centre-Planetarium here recently.

The vice-chairman of the Science City, Chennai, A. M. Raman, stressed the need to motivate the student community and involve them in science activities. The Government allotted Rs. 10 lakhs to organise various programmes for popularising science. The Science City was conducting numerous contests for school students and they have evoked good response.

The Collector, K. Manivasan, said the planetarium was very useful in learning science and called upon students to take advantage of the same for studying astronomy and space science.

The Executive Director, Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, Chennai, P. Iyamperumal, said a science park has been set up at Mokkumbu at an outlay of Rs. three lakhs. Interactive type science exhibits were being kept in the park, which would be inaugurated shortly.

Dr. Iyamperumal said the construction of a new environmental gallery at an outlay of Rs. 30 lakhs, provided by the State Government, was nearing completion. Exhibits were being installed at present. It has been proposed to set up a `fun science' gallery at the Anna Science Centre complex shortly.

The Project Director of the Anna Science Centre-Planetarium, R. Madhavan, explained the two planetarium programmes of `our world and beyond' and `comet, the bird of passage' being conducted at present. He said over 600 students from about 50 schools in different parts of the State participated in the painting (exclusively for the disabled students), essay writing, elocution, science drama and science quiz competitions conducted in connection with the National Science Day celebrations.

The secretary and correspondent of the National College Council, K. Santhanam, presided. He gave away prizes to the winners.

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