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There’s need to improve scientific temperament among the children to build a logical society, advised VIT University senior faculty member S Rajasekhara Reddy. He along with other experts at IICT have pressed upon the need to observe the nature with a scientific eye.
Delivering a lecture on ‘Chemistry in Daily Life’ at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) on Saturday, Mr. Reddy said that chemistry was everywhere and every modern day need was fulfilled thanks to the chemistry.
Mr. Reddy said that most of the daily life products were produced using chemicals present in plants, algae, herbs and other natural resources. He noted that there were about 3,000 firms in and around the city of Nizams.
He also added that the industry provides employment to about 3 million people every year globally. Talking about position of India in terms of pharmaceutical production in the world, he said the country stands at 14th place.
India needs people like former president and missile man Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who always strived to build a scientific Indian society, said CSIR-IICT director S Chandrasekhar. We want the message of the great leader to be passed on to the younger generation at the early stage, he added.
Students from about 40 schools have participated in a scientific project exhibition competition at IICT in which students of above fifth standards have displayed their prototype projects.
The lecture and event was organized by IICT in collaboration with Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and WhiteBoard Ventures. Royal Society of Chemistry director D Shailaja said that her research foundation has been engaging in R&D for translation technologies as well as educating the students and teachers.
“Our main aim is to create a widespread awareness among the teachers and student fraternity about the chemistry involved in daily life. We conduct training programs, interactive sessions, lectures and exhibitions to promote the scientific temperament among the students”, said Shailaja.
Several training programs and science fairs have been conducted across AP and Telangana, for making chemistry learning easy, said Madhavi Varalwar, Director of WhiteBoard Ventures.
Tejaswi, a Vidyaranya High School student, won the first prize which Rs 10,000 cash, while C Ramalinga Reddy of Residential school in Kurnool stood second in the competition.