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CSIR-NEIST hosts 9th IISF 2023 outreach program

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT, Dec 27: The 9th India International Science Festival (IISF) 2023 held its one-day Outreach Programme at CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology (CSIR-NEIST) on Tuesday. The event witnessed the participation of various schools in and around Jorhat, including Shankardev Vidya Niketan, Dohotia Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Balya Bhawan, and St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School.

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The program commenced with an inaugural address by Dr G Narahari Sastry, director of CSIR-NEIST. Dr Sastry underscored India’s rich scientific heritage and the responsibility of the younger generation to carry it forward. He encouraged students, stating that science knows no age and can be pursued by anyone with a curious and inquisitive mind.

Dr Sastry conveyed a message to the students, highlighting the importance of overcoming personal vices as the real enemies to progress in life. Air Commodore Sameer Pradhan, the chief guest, stressed the significance of peace in our lives and the need for continuous development through science and technology interventions to address future challenges.

Rajib Chandra Sarma, from Vijinana Bharati (VIBA) and secretary for VIBA-NER, spoke about the importance of IISF 2023, urging students to embrace India’s cultural and scientific heritage. He emphasised the value-based traditional Gurukul education system and encouraged students to identify their talents.

Dr Kalyani Medhi, principal scientist of CSIR-NEIST, showcased the institute’s scientific achievements through a presentation, highlighting technologies, processes, and products developed and commercialised over six decades.

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Dr Dipankar Neog, senior principal scientist and program coordinator, proposed the vote of thanks, acknowledging the active participation of students and schools in the outreach programme. The IISF 2023, scheduled from January 17 to 20, 2024, in Faridabad, Haryana, was introduced to the students, encouraging them to be part of the event and contribute to the growth of the nation.

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