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Toys best medium of learning, says V-C

india Updated: Nov 21, 2006 17:56 IST

TOYS ARE the best medium of learning for children and it is unfortunate that there are no innovations in the toys’ sector in the country. As a result, foreign toys are ruling the roost, Barkatullah University Vice-Chancellor Prof R S Sirohi said on Monday.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of the district-level children’s science congress organised by the Bhopal district unit of the voluntary organisation Science Centre (Gwalior).

Sirohi said that children should learn maximum good qualities at young age because these qualities are then retained lifelong.

About 60 children scientists read their research papers during the congress held on topic ‘biodiversity conservation’. About 300 students participated. The main participations were from the Carmel Convent, BHEL and Ratanpur, Maharshi Vidya Mandir (Ratanpur), Gyandeep Public School and other.

The papers were judged by university teachers. The best five papers would be representing Bhopal district in the State-level science congress to be held at Shahdol between November 28 and 30.

Presiding over the function, former vice-chancellor of the Jiwaji University (Gwalior) Dr Krishnakant Tiwari said that it is matter of happiness that the activity that started at Gwalior in 1988 is one of the biggest children’s activities in country.

Convener of the core group of Congress and secretary of Science Centre, Arun Bhargava, while making the introductory
remarks said that it is important that the children develop scientific and technological temper or else the country would become slave to the US and Europe in the field of technology.

He said that the winners of the State congress would be participating in the national children’s science congress at Gangtok in last week of December during which president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam would be the chief guest. Executive director of the Science Centre Sandhya also spoke on the occasion. The programme was conducted by Dr Satish Patil while Dr T A Qureshi proposed vote of thanks.