5-day Inspire Science Camp begins at Leh

Souvenir of science camp being released on inaugural day.
Souvenir of science camp being released on inaugural day.

Excelsior Correspondent
LEH, Oct 26:  Department of Science & Technology, Government of India   sponsored Innovation in Science Pursuits for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) Science Internship Camp began here today.
The 5-day Science Camp has been organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in collaboration with 14 Corps of Indian Army and District Administration, Leh.  It was inaugurated by Brig M M Masur, Brigadier Administration 14 CORPS at Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre in Phayang, Leh.
This is the 4th time that SMVDU is hosting this academic event at Leh in Ladakh region of J&K State. This Science Camp is being attended by more than 170 participants from Leh and Kargil districts. The uniqueness of this camp is the participation of 117 girls. The eminent scientists from premier institutions have been invited to mentor the interns during next five days.
After the inaugural session, a talk on “Tunneling Phenomenon and its impact on modern Electronics Gadgets was delivered by Bhatnagar Awardee Prof  Pratap Ray Chaudhari from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.
This session was followed by an excellent interactive lecture by a highly acclaimed scientist of international repute, Nandini S Harinath, Scientist (SG), ISRO Satellite Centre, Banglore. She highlighted the need of Mars Mission. All the sessions were followed by interaction with the students.
Highlight of the day was brief interaction of interns with Avny Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner.  Lavasa charged the interns to be honest and clear hearted and also asked the participants to choose the profession of their choice and follow their heart with great dedication while being respectful to everyone around them. She assured full support of the administration in future.
The Science Camp is being held at Leh under the leadership and guidance of Prof Sanjeev Jain, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU who has taken personal interest in this program to ensure that university plays an important role in providing the requisite exposure to the children of Ladakh region. The camp is being coordinated by Dr Sunil Kumar Wanchoo, Department of Physics, SMVDU.