The first Delhi NCR Inter school debate on “Should Science popularization be integral part of High School Curriculum” commences in Delhi today with preliminary rounds starting from the Central Delhi District. The preliminary rounds will be conducted in all the districts of Delhi and Gautam Budhha Nagar. Students of classes 9th-12th will be taking part in the event. The topic for the preliminary rounds is: “Science is for Scientists Do not Confuse others”.
Today’s debate was held in Nava Hind Girls Sr.Secondary School (A Delhi Government aided school) Rohtak Road, New Delhi. Thirteen schools (public and government) representing the central district participated.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Uday Kakroo Director Millennium India Education Foundation (MIEF), a Delhi Based NGO which is implementing this NCSTC Division, Department of Science & Technology supported project said,
“the main objectives of this project is to help students to develop rigorous and critical thinking abilities towards pursuing a science career after leaving school besides sensitizing parents, school management, educationists, policy makers to inculcate an attitude of science popularization related activities in schools.”
The debate was judged by science communicators and which included Anuj Sinha, former Director Vigyan Prasar Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, Dr. Rekha Agarwal, Editor NCERT and Dr. R. S. Yadav, Programme Executive, Science communication, All India Radio.
Welcoming the Department of Science & Technology initiative, Mrs Meena Goel, Principal Nava Hind Girls Senior Secondary School said,
“such initiatives by the MIEF and DST will go a long way in sensitizing the school children importance of science popularization in day to day life.”
Earlier this debate was held for district Gautam Budhha Nagar in Noida on 7th August 2015 in which 21 schools took part.
The program aims to cover 250-300 schools through this competitions.
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