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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

National Science Day

Students told to follow path shown by Nobel Laureate CV Raman  
Dehradun, February 28
Uttarakhand Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) today observed National Science Day in the state capital of Dehradun.

At a function held at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Dehradun, Rajendra Dobhal, Director General, UCOST, laid stress on the importance of National Science Day for promotion of science in society. He said the day was all more important for schoolgoing students to inculcate within them an inclination towards the science subjects.
Former Vice Chancellor of HNB Garhwal University AN Purohit said climate change had its negative effects and its harmful repercussions were being felt across the globe. He exhorted young students to follow the path shown by Nobel Laureate late CV Raman.
Director, Indian Institute of Petroleum, MO Garg, spoke on ozone depletion. He called for promotion of afforestration schemes in the country. ONGC’s Executive Director Shailendra Dutta said the nation today had growing energy needs due to increasing population followed by rampant industrialisation. He emphasised on the need of oil and gas conservation.
Senior Scientific Officer DP Uniyal disclosed that UCOST had also organised programmes at district levels. He said the council plans to hold science promotion programmes with ONGC in the future also.
Dr Prashant Singh, Dr OP Nautiyal and Dr Sarita Khandka were other prominent participants at the National Science Day function.
Meanwhile, the Geodetic and Research Branch of the Survey of India, Dehradun, also celebrated National Science Day today.
The National Survey Museum on the Survey of India campus was opened to the people. Established in 1927, the museum houses some of the rarest and old instruments which were used for surveying and cartography. It also has handwritten letters, manuscripts and instruments used by Sir George Everest.
An essay writing competition was also held. A large number of schoolchildren participated in the competition. A number of films entitled “Tracing the Arc”, “A Millennium Steps” and “Survey of India” were screened for the students. UN Mishra, Director, Geodetic and Research Branch, Survey of India, Dehradun, coordinated the proceedings.

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