Science & Technology and Planet Earth was the theme for this year’s State Level Science Exhibition 2007, which began earlier this week at White Memorial Hall complex. The valedictory function was held today, which was graced by Minister for Human Resource Development Department (HRDD), Mr. G.M. Gurung as the chief guest. Trophies and certificates were given to the best ten exhibits.
Singhik Secondary School from North Sikkim represented by Lakmit Lepcha and Dhan Kumar Subba, who incidentally were one of the last minute entries for this exhibition, with its impressive model on “Low Cost Teaching Aids” were adjudged the winners. Kyi de Khang School with its model on “Geo- Thermal Heating” came second; while Mangan Senior Secondary School with the model on “Integrated Pre-Post Harvesting Technology” secured third position.
The other seven schools which came in the top ten positions are Temi Senior Secondary School in fourth place, Central Pendam Senior Secondary School in fifth, Renock Senior Secondary School in sixth place, Deorali Senior Secondary School in seventh, West Point Senior Secondary School stood eighth, Samdong Senior Secondary School in ninth place and Palzor Namgyal Girls Senior Secondary School in the tenth place. These ten best exhibits will represent the state in Eastern India Science Fair 2008 to be held at Birla Industrial and Technological Museum in Kolkata, in the first week of January 2008.
The winners were judged by the panel of esteemed judges comprising of Mr. L.P. Sharma (Principal System Analyst, National Informatics Centre), Mr. R.K Jha (Prof & Head S.M.I.T Majitar), Mr. Bhakta Kunwar (Senior Lecturer, Deptt of Physics Sikkim Govt. College) on the basis of criteria provided by National Council of Education Research and Training (NECRT)
Mr. G.M.Gurung, who also addressed the gathering at the function congratulated the winners and said that the endeavors of these young scientists should not stop instead they should be relentless in there effort and continue with their good work. He also urged the students and teachers participating in this exhibition to prepare write-ups on their models so that their efforts could reach the masses. Aspiring young girls should take inspiration from Astronauts like Ms. Sunita Williams and Late Kalpana Chawla and follow their footsteps, he added.
Earlier, Mr. P.Tamang, Director HRDD, welcomed the gathering with his welcome speech and Ms. Mala Rai, Coordinator of this exhibition, read out the report on this year’s exhibition.
The exhibition which is a regular annual feature was organized by State Institute of Education (S.I.E) and HRDD, as per the guidelines provided by NCERT. Compared to last year’s 31 schools, this year saw 59 schools from all four districts participating in this exhibition with two students from class IX to XII and one teacher escort participated with their exhibits and models. The exhibition which began on 9th October was inaugurated by Secretary HRDD Mr. K.P Adhikari.