The first day of the seven-day Jawahar Lal Nehru National Science, Mathematics and Environment Exhibition commenced with fervour at Leisure Valley in Sector 10 on Tuesday. The event was inaugurated by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The exhibition has been jointly organised by the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) and State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT). Around 200 students are participating in the exhibition.
Huge rush was witnessed at the venue as residents thronged the Leisure Valley to mark their presence. After the inaugural ceremony, students from the city schools and colleges enthralled everyone with their performances. MCM DAV students mesmerised the audience with the giddha performance, after which, the CM announced Rs 50,000 cash prize to the students.
The students delivered a strong message of evicting social evils like drug menace and advocated for saving the girl child.
Speaking on the occasion, Khattar referred science and mathematics as the most important subjects for students. “Science is the way to show the truth behind the superstitions, which had been the part of Indian culture and traditions. Both science and mathematics are powerful ways of investigating and understanding the world. Science as way of thinking, and as an organised body of knowledge, has enormous potential for the promotion of vitality, prosperity and security of the nation.” Students from different regions exhibited models on environment, agriculture, energy, healthcare and resources, which were appreciated by visitors. KK Sharma, adviser to the administrator, congratulated students for their efforts. “It is important to hold such exhibitions to give boost to young minds. I am amazed to see the way students have come up with their exhibits, ”added Sharma.
BK Tripathi, director of NCERT, and vice chancellor of Panjab University, Arun Kumar Grover, were also present. The NCERT director said, “The exhibition is a best forum for children to pursue their natural curiosity.”
Meanwhile, the CM mistakenly addressed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, first education minister of the country, as India’s first President. Meanwhile, many brilliant exhibits were displayed at the exhibition. Models like multipurpose geothermal power plant, solar tiller, robo-arm and manual grinder were the main attractions.