Anil Kakodkar,former Chairman,Atomic Energy Commission of India,inaugurated the 10th edition of the International Junior Science Olympiad at Shri Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion,he said,The whole point of research is to solve the problems in society. These problems can be addressed with the help of science. Competitions like Olympiad are very important as they increase the problem solving skills of students, said Kakodkar. He added,The social challenges that the country is likely to face in the coming years will be tremendous. We must prepare young scientists to face these challenges and derive apt solutions.
Mustansir Barma,Director,Tata Institute of Fundamental Research,said it is very important to organise such Olympiads as students get a chance to exchange their ideas with their counterparts from other countries. Initiatives like these help develop scientific temperament of students, he added.
Jayashree Ramdas,Director,Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE),said,School syllabus sometimes does not give enough importance to pure science and research. Through Olympiad,these shortcomings can be addressed..
As many as 226 students from 38 countries will participate in the nine-day event. The Olympiad is being supported by Department of Atomic Energy,Department of Science and Technology,and the National Council for Educational Research and Training of the Ministry of Human Resources Development. The event is being organised by the HBCSE,which is a national centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR),Mumbai.