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Marks don't tell excellence, creativity does: Yashpal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, November 23, 2012
First Published: 15:50 IST(23/11/2012) | Last Updated: 15:52 IST(23/11/2012)

Tuition can help get good marks but it kills creativity, remarked physicist Yashpal during a close interaction with students during the state-level 20th National Children's Science Congress at the Sagar Institute of Technology and Management in Barabanki on Thursday.


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He advised students to think differently and do things innovatively. This is the best way to familiarise with science, he said.

After the missile man left the centre stage, prof Yashpal took the task of shaping the young minds. He asked students to come to the front and they came rushing jumping the cordon and sat on the floor right in front of him.

"Do not l et yourself be exploited. It is a myth that those who come first in the class are the best. Gandhiji never stood first in the class. So didn't Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore," he said. And on a lighter note, he remarked that he didn't not think if APJ Kalam ever stood first in his class.

In a free-wheeling discussion with the students, he demonstrated the complicated subject like movement of planetary body in a simple way. He called a few students on the stage and demonstrated it by making one of the students to move around another. He explained this is how earth revolves around sun.

Prof Yashpal regaled the children with the scintillating interactive session. He said, "Khud socho, khud karo, tumhare ander se aayega woh tera hoga." He said only coming first in a competition or examination is not excellence; having knowledge, self- exploration with selfmotivation is more important.

Introducing the theme Lov Verma, the chairperson of the state organization committee of Science Congress said that sensitizing the young generation to the actute environmental crisis will make them realize the need for finding alternative energy resources.

He added that the presence of Kalam made the day memorable and said that he is as popular among the children as Chacha Nehru was. He told that he was not a man of science but still appreciated this scientific event and asked the people to have scientific temper.

RS Raghuvanshi from the NCSTC network said that 'Gyan' (knowledge) should be updated and also mentioned that today's education appear detached from the current environment. Scientist CM Nautiyal said that such event encourages scientific temperament among students. The executive director of Sagar group of institutions, Madhu Agarwal proposed vote of thanks to the chief guest, chairman guests of honour and all the members present.

The NCSC will continue and culminate on November 24 with the distribution of certificates and medals. The NCSC has attracted 294 projects from 75 districts of the state.


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