Highlights

Science Camp Under Inspire Internship Program (Jan 6-10, 2020)

School of Basic and Applied sciences (SoBAS), GD Goenka University is organising INSPIRE, Science Camp from 06-10 January 2020, sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. The camp provides a great opportunity for the young minds to interact with renowned scientists of national and international repute during these five days of Science Camp.

Prof. (Dr.) Suku Bhaskaran, President GDGU; Prof. (Dr.) R K Thakur, Dean, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, GDGU; Prof. (Dr.) Jayashankar Variyar, Pro-Vice Chancellor, GDGU; Dr. Umesh Kumar Sharma, Scientist-F, DST; Dr. Tamanna Arora, Scientist-C DST, were present in the inaugural ceremony. A welcome speech was delivered by Prof. (Dr.) Suku Bhaskaran followed by a general introduction on INSPIRE Scheme by Dr. Umesh Kr. Sharma. Prof. (Dr.) Jayashankar Variyar, Pro-Vice Chancellor, GDGU also interacted with the students by giving a glimpse of his research interests with them.

On first day (6th Jan 2020) Dr. Umesh Sharma, Scientist-F, at Department of Science and Technology, talked about the basic schemes of DST Inspire. He briefed about the various scholarships given to 1% student at any part of India. Dr. Tamanna Arora, Scientist-C, talked about the fundamentals of ‘Material Science’. Mentor session started with Dr. Brijesh Kumar from School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He discussed on ‘Physics of Condensed Matter’ and it was is followed by Prof. Anand Mohan on ‘Earth Science in Nation Building’. Prof. Anand Mohan is currently the Registrar of Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra. The students were then taken to different labs to get hand on experience.

On second day (7th Jan 2020), morning session started with informative talk of Prof. P K Joshi from School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His session was titled “Geoinformatics for Environmental Management”. He emphasized on the significance of multidisciplinary aspects of this domain and gave details about the distinctive features of GIS, GPS and remote sensing. Prof. (Dr.) Jayant Kumar Tripathi from School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi talked on ‘Role of Weathering in the Cooling of Earth’. After lunch, Prof. Maithili Sharan from Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi discussed on ‘Application of Mathematics’ with inspire students.

Everyday students go for lab demonstration to Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biological, and Earth science lab. They do various hands on experiment. They showed keen interest in experiment and their queries regarding the same were also resolved during the experiment session.

To make memorable and wonderful stay in G D Goenka university campus, there is an arrangement of bonfire and games in the evening, where they get opportunity to interact with mentors, faculty and other school student.

Report – Day 1 (Jan 06, 2020)

“INSPIRE” goes by ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research’ a creative initiative sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, India. The initiation was initially founded in 2007. GD Goenka University, Gurgaon willingly offered a stage for INSPIRE, held from 06 – 10 January, 2020. Students from different states and cities like Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, gathered at GD Goenka university for the Science camp. 125 students from XI class, having 95% in CBSE, 93% in Haryana board, 83.1% in Rajasthan board, 96.8% in ICSE in their board examination had gathered at GD Goenka University. INSPIRE Science camp lasted for five days. The main objective of INSPIRE Science camp was to provide a platform to communicate with the young talent and inspire them towards the world of science and technology. As science is critical to well being, it is a key step to create such capable and wonderful minds to take a step further in this direction, to strengthen the Department of Research & Development. Inspire is an online platform for students filled with competence, curiosity and passion for science. It provides scholarship to only 1% population in India and a smooth passage with high mobility for students to pursue their research dream within India. It had been a great opportunity for the young minds to interact with renowned scientists of national and international repute among those five days of Science camp. Simultaneously they had an exposure to various interesting lab experiments and see the real life applications related to Physics, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Mathematics. Science camp was especially held to introduce various emerging fields and concepts in terms of science and technology and to make it friendly and easily accessible to the youth. Lectures by eminent speakers from all over the country were organized for INSPIRE students throughout the camp.

The Inaugural ceremony of the DST inspire science camp was done by lighting the lamp on the morning of 06 Jan 2020. Prof. (Dr.) Suku Bhaskaran, President of GDGU, Prof. (Dr.) R K Thakur, Dean of School of Basic and Applied Sciences, GDGU, Prof. (Dr.) Jayashankar Variyar, Pro-Vice Chancellor, GDGU, spokesperson and mentors, Dr. Umesh Kumar Sharma, Scientist-F DST, Ms. Tamanna Arora, Scientist-C DST were present for the inaugural ceremony. Prof. (Dr.) R K Thakur, Dean of School of Basic and Applied Sciences, GDGU welcomed the young students with his speech in which he inspired the young minds with his encouraging words. He also emphazised on the important of pursuing science and technology in our country. The guest scientists Dr. Umesh Kumar Sharma , Scientist-F at DST and Ms. Tamanna Arora, Scientist-C at DST were welcomed by Prof. ( Dr.) Suku Bhaskaran, President, GDGU. A welcome speech was delivered by the President of GDGU, Prof. (Dr.) Suku Bhaskaran followed by a general introduction on INSPIRE Scheme delivered by Dr. Umesh Kr. Sharma. Prof. (Dr.) Jayashankar Variyar, Pro-Vice Chancellor, GDGU also interacted with the inspire students by giving a glimpse of his research interests with them. Amidst all the ceremonies and welcoming speeches students were also given a glimpse of the diverse culture at GD Goenka University on the first day of the camp.

Brief Summary of Lecture Sessions of 06 January 2020

Dr. Umesh Kr. Sharma, Scientist-F, at Department of Science and Technology, talked about the basic schemes of DST Inspire. He briefed about the various scholarships given to 1% student at any part of India. Ms. Tamanna, Arora, Scientist-C, at the Department of Science and Technology, talked about the fundamentals of ‘Material Science’. She elaborated on various scales for measurement and different material types. This was then followed by a Q&A session with the students. Dr. Brijesh Kumar from School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi delivered a talk on ‘Physics of Condensed Matter’. He has been associated with JNU since 2005 and is the recipient of Indian National Science Academy medal for Young Scientists in 2009. Prof. (Dr.) Brijesh Kumar was the first mentor of science camp. He delivered an insightful lecture and also focused on one of the main reasons for this camp that “Science pursuits has to be deep rooted passion driven, to see what is not seeable”. Second mentor session was given by Prof. Anand Mohan on ‘Earth Science in Nation Building’. Prof. Anand Mohan is currently the Registrar of Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra. Formerly he was Professor of Geology at Banaras Hindu University. He has 25 years of research and teaching experience. He is also the Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad (F.N.A.Sc.) and Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (F.A.Sc.). He emphasized more on minerals and oils, as they play a crucial role in a country’s economy. They can be the building blocks of a country, so a country must protect them. He briefly explained Tectonic plate theory and it’s origin. His lecture was mesmerizing for students.

REPORT OF LAB SESSIONS – INSPIRE SCIENCE CAMP – January 06, 2019

Chemistry Lab, B216

The lab demonstration session was held in Chemistry lab B216 with 15 students and 3 volunteers under the supervision of Ms. Pawanjeet Kaur. An interactive session was performed by Ms. Kaur where the students learned about the various polymers, their types and how they are formed. Bakelite was synthesized in the chemistry lab where the students also participated very actively. Their queries regarding the same were also resolved during the session.

Physics Lab, B308

Group A had visited the Physics lab B308 where the lab session were conducted by Dr. Mainak Basu and Dr Renu Singh. Students were introduced with various experiments of laser and electronics. They were acquainted with basics of lights and discussed various interesting facts related to working of lens, thin layer coating and beam splitter. Student were asked to observe the laboratory made variable focal length ‘liquid lens’. The significant role of refractive index in physics was discussed. Students also learned how to make batteries. They showed keen interest in the experiments and asked questions.

Mathematics Lab, B120

A computer lab experiment session was organized by Dr. Smita Sood who started the session with the basic commands of Microsoft excel giving emphasis on the formatting and mathematical equations writing in Microsoft excel. She has also drawn attention of the students towards advanced features of Microsoft Excel and the importance of knowledge of computer softwares. This was followed by an interactive session with Dr. Renu Chaudhary who discussed all the potential prospects pertaining to mathematical sciences and its allied fields.

Biological Sciences, B317

The laboratory session was started by Dr. Raunak Dhanker and Dr. Shashank Kamble where they explained the basics of blood, blood components and the function of blood clotting. The objectives and the significance of testing blood clotting was explained. After the experiment demonstration, students were allowed to observe the already prepared slides of different phases of cell division, simple staining of bacterial and fungal mycelia, blood cells (neutrophils, eosinophils and red blood cells) under the compound microscope. For all the students, a petri plate containing fungal and bacterial culture was displayed on Digital Colony Counter for visualising fungal and bacteria colony by naked eyes before observing the same under the microscope.

Earth Sciences, C009

The laboratory session was started with the basic information about earth science, chemistry and the relevance of earth science, chemistry in daily life of human beings and beyond. Thereafter, an experiment on flame photometry was explained and shown to the students. The students were divided in 5 groups before starting the demonstration of the experiment for the smooth conduction of the session. After the experiment demonstration, students were allowed to do the experiments by themselves. Few students performed the experiments by themselves. After the experiment students discussed their queries with faculty members and lab technician. At the end of the session, a brief introduction of all lab instruments was given to the students.

Report – Day 02, Jan 07, 2020

Prof. P K Joshi from School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi was the mentor for the first session on Day 2 of INSPIRE Science Camp 2020 at GD Goenka University. He is a recipient of Indian Academy of Sciences (INSA) and National Academy of Sciences India (NASI) Young Scientist Medals, and National Remote Sensing Award of ISRS/ISRO. His session was titled “Geoinformatics for Environmental Management”. He emphasized on the significance of multidisciplinary aspects of this domain and gave details about the distinctive features of GIS, GPS and remote sensing. Further to it, he detailed about the stages of remote sensing and its benefit. He spoke about the various factors that led to environmental degradation and the process of better environmental management using the techniques of remote sensing.

Prof. (Dr.) Jayant Kumar Tripathi from School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi delivered his talk on ‘Role of Weathering in the Cooling of Earth’ on second day of INSPIRE Science Camp at GD Goenka University on 7 January 2020. His discussed about his research work is in the area of ‘Geochemistry of Earth Surface Processes’. He is a recipient of a number of awards including National Geoscience award in 2009 from Government of India. He spoke about the various factors that affect the earth’s climate pattern including weathering of the earth’s surface. He also talked about the interrelationship among photosynthesis, weathering, sedimentation and water storage systems.

Prof. Maithili Sharan from Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi delivered his talk on ‘Application of Mathematics’ on second day of INSPIRE Science Camp at GD Goenka University on 7 January 2020. Dr. Sharan has more than 38 years of research and teaching experience and is a recipient of Prestigious Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar award in 1992. He informed students about the career options available for them after graduation in mathematics. He also spoke in detail about the mathematical modelling including its general applications in health sector, banking, e-commerce etc. He explained the mathematics behind the flow of fluids and its application.

Report – Day 03, Jan 08, 2020

The third day of the science camp started with a lecture by Dr. Mohan D Sharma, Professor from Department of Mathematics at Kurukshetra University. Dr. Sharma has near about 3 decades of teaching and research experience He has been awarded with several international fellowships including Commonwealth Fellowship from University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He delivered his talk on “Mathematics (in & as Science) to explore the truth of nature”. Dr. Mohan Sharma explained deep concepts of Mathematics related to real life and their applications. He explained to the students that knowledge of mathematics enables a mind to develop a capability for better logical thinking. He described mathematics as a medium to solve various problems and discussed about their social relevance.

Brief Report of the Session hosted by Agastya International Foundation

The mission of Agastya International Foundation is to spark curiosity, nurture creativity and instill confidence in school children. Every batch spend nearly 2 hours with the members of Agastya International Foundation, interacting with the instructors closely in small groups. There were different models illustrating various principles like the centrifugal force, planetary motion, Flickr Physics Photo concept, air pressure mechanism of lungs, chemical reactions, diesel and petrol engine mechanisms etc. Students were engrossed in absorbing the various concepts that were illustrated. They were found to be quite interactive with the instructors and experienced science very delightfully in this session. Besides, they were also engaged in a hands-on session through various challenging activities.

Total of five demonstrative stalls were set up by Agastya International Foundation. Students were engaged in demonstrations explained by instructors based on Human Anatomy, Flickr Physics Photo concept, Petrol and Diesel Engine mechanism, AC & DC Generator, Sugar test, etc. Few interesting ice-breaking activities were also arranged for the students along with the demonstration. For the same purpose, students were divided in small groups of five and illustrated live examples of “Centre of Mass of Human Body”. Students amazed the mentors through their participation and they thoroughly enjoyed the session organized by Agastya International Foundation. Finally, the last step was an open Q/A session. This session was mentored by Mr. Alok Tiwari. Students were welcomed to ask their queries without any hesitation. Multiple rational questions were asked, mainly based on the respective sessions. Those overall activities set up by Agastya International Foundation, gave students the courage and confidence to speak their mind. This session focused on transforming the student’s attitude toward learning through exploring, observing and hands-on activities.

Report – Day 04, Jan 09, 2020

Prof. Sher Ali, Director of Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi gave a talk on “Genomics of Cancer and its Management” on the fourth day of INSPIRE Science Camp at GD Goenka University. He mentioned about human genome and its significance while discussing about the intricacies of the biological system. Central dogma of Molecular Biology and the onset of cancer was introduced during the session. The process of cell damage that may lead to cancer was also discussed. He emphasized on the fact of respecting nature for wellbeing and the importance of science in the process.

Prof. Tokeer Ahmad from Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi gave a talk on “Nanotechnology for Smart Future”. He explained the various aspects of nanotechnology to the young students and gave a difference between nanoscience and nanotechnology. The various techniques used to prepare nano sized samples were also discussed such as bottom up and up down approaches. The different applications of nanotechnology were also discussed such as targeted drug delivery etc. Students showed enormous interest in these topics.

Brief Summary of Essay Competition on 09 January 2020

An Essay Competition was held for the participating students on 09th January 2020. They were asked to write on any one of the topics revealed to them on the spot, namely, “Renewable and Non-renewable Energy”, “Natural Resource Utilization for Sustainability”, “Recycling & Processing of Waste to Conserve Resources” and “Harnessing Modern Technology for Second Green Revolution”. Prizes were given to the winners of the essay competition during Valedictory Ceremony on 10th January 2020.

Report – Day 05 | Jan 10, 2020

Prof. (Dr.) Pawan K. Sharma from Department of Chemistry Kurukshetra University delivered his talk on ‘Learning to Spin the Wheel of Science’ on the fifth day of Inspire Science camp. Prof. Pawan Sharma is currently Professor, Dept of Chemistry and Dean, Students Welfare at Kurukshetra University. He has over three decades of university teaching and research experience. His research is in the field of ‘Organic Chemistry’ particularly, in the area of ‘base modified nucleosides’, or modified DNAs, and is the first to introduce a novel sulfa drug fragment into the major groove of the DNA. He has published near about 108 papers in national and international journals of repute, 2 book chapters and has 3 patents to his name. He has supervised a number of Ph.D. and M.Phil students. He has been awarded many prestigious fellowships and awards such as Fulbright-Nehru Fellow 2019 and Srinivasa Ramanujan Birth Centenary Gold Medal in 2018 by the Indian Science Congress Association. He has visited several countries across the world and is the first Scientist from Haryana to visit Antarctica on 21st Indian Scientific Expedition Team to Antarctica.

His talk focused on explaining students that doing science is just like playing with a spinning wheel: critically observing what is happening; trying to understand how it is happening and, if possible, why it is happening. Prof. Sharma explained the societal perception behind HIV/AIDS and had a deep and interactive conversation with students regarding the various myths surrounding AIDS. He explained how AIDS virus is different from common cold virus. He shared with students the research that has been done to tackle the deadly virus and invited their suggestions and ideas on curing AIDS. He illustrated in layman language the defense mechanism of Human Immune System and gave scientific insight of the disease AIDS. He concluded his session mentioning that there are answers to every monumental challenge if only we think differently. He emphasized that inner desire to find solutions led commoners to transform themselves into great scientists.

Prof. S.K Saha from IIT Delhi was the next speaker. He delivered his talk on Robotics to Rural: Innovative Teaching, Learning and Research Approaches. Prof. Subir Kumar Saha is a 1983 Mechanical Engineering graduate from RE College (Now NIT), Durgapur, India. He completed his M. Tech from IIT Kharagpur, India, and Ph. D from McGill University, Canada. Upon completion of his Ph. D, he joined Toshiba Corporation’s R&D Center in Japan. After 4-years of work experience in Japan, he has been with IIT Delhi since 1996. He is actively engaged in teaching, research, and technology transfer. He completed sponsored projects and consultancies worth more than Rs. 8 crores. As recognition of his international contributions, Prof. Saha was awarded the Humboldt Fellowship in 1999 by the AvH Foundation, Germany, and the Naren Gupta Chair Professorship at IIT Delhi in 2010. He has been also a visiting faculty at IIT Madras and short term researcher at Mcgill University, Canada, Monash University, Australia, and University of Verona, Italy. Presently, he is the Coordinator of the Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) at IIT Delhi, a programme sponsored by the Office of the Principle Scientific Adviser to the Govt. of India. Apart from research and teaching, he has a great deal of interest in philanthropic activities.

His talk was a blend of two important ideas 1) “Researchizing Rural Problems,” i.e., converting rural problems into research topics, and 2) “Robotics Competition Based Education in Engineering” or RoCK-BEE to encourage students to build robots in order to understand the underlying engineering concepts and make them work reliably to win a competition. He mentioned different types of humanoid robots in practice along with their applications in Industry, Businesses and Defense fields. He spoke in length about how humanoid robots are bringing a new revolution in modern society. He encouraged students to learn science by doing own research and experiments. There are umpteen innovations that can be done in the field of technology and research for human advancement and betterment. He showed students videos regarding the advancement of robots over the span of time and their use in farming, bangle factories, etc.

A quiz competition was held on 10 January 2020 for INSPIRE Science camp students. All the students were divided into groups with each group comprising of 4-5 students. Each group was given three and half minutes to complete a quiz of total ten marks as a preliminary round. Four winning teams made it to the finals and four other teams with clashing second highest score were also selected for the second round. The second round was an open question round. Each team was asked one question and the team who answered made it to the third round. Five teams out of eight qualified for the third round. In this final round, each team was asked five questions and marks were allotted accordingly. After the completion of final round two winning teams and one runner up team was selected. Trophies and Certificate of appreciation were distributed to the winners of Quiz competition by the Dean, School of Basic and Applied Sciences. First winning team was, Bharti [R P S Public School, Kosli], Ark Verma [Amity International School, Pushp Vihar] and Yogendra [New Happy Child Sr. Sec. School, Khor]. Second winning team was Tina [New Happy Child Sr. Sec. School, Khor], Ritika [Hindu Sr. sec. School, Julana, Jeend], Manya [ Shiv Public Sr. Sec. School, Sohna], Khushi [ Shiv Public Sr. Sec. School, Sohna] and Payal Meena [ Dundlod Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan].

The science camp ended with valedictory session. Prof. (Dr.) R K Thakur, Dean School of Basic and Applied Sciences delivered the concluding remarks of Inspire Science camp. He encouraged students to follow their passions and pursue their dreams with hard work and determination. This was followed by a prize distribution ceremony in which all the winners and runner ups of different competitions were awarded. Prof. (Dr.) Suku Bhaskaran, President, G.D. Goenka University congratulated the students on successfully completing the camp and remarked how lucky they were to attend lectures from eminent scientists working in India. He encouraged them to use the learnings in their chosen profession in future. The science camp ended with a vote of thanks by Prof. (Dr.) R.K. Thakur. He appreciated the effort put in by all faculty members of SoBAS in making the camp successful.

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