7th November, 2015
North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong commemorated the Birth Anniversary of Madam Marie Curie and Sir C.V. Raman on 7th November 2015 at NEHU Campus Shillong, as conceived by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. S.K.Srivastava.
Madam Marie Curie, born on 7th November 1867, was a Polish physicist as well a chemist. The first woman to win a Nobel Prize and only scientist to win the award twice, in Physics (1903) & Chemistry (1911), both for her contribution for radioactivity.
Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, born on 7th November 1888, an Indian physicist from Madras Province, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for his well known contribution in the field of behaviour of light as scattering popularly known as Raman Effect. Sir C.V.Raman was conferred with the highest civilian award of the country, Bharat Ratna in 1954.
The one day programme, organised by School of Physical Sciences, School of Technology & the Centre for Science Education, was an initiative of NEHU's outreach to society for science promotion with a focus on the students of high school, higher secondary, degree science and post graduate from various schools, colleges from in and around Shillong & NEHU with a large number of participation. Prof. R. C. Laloo, the Deputy Chief Minister & the Minister of Higher & Technical Education, Govt. of Meghalaya graced the occasion as Chief Guest and the Vice-Chancellor in-charge of NEHU, Prof. L.K.Jha was the Guest of Honour. The guests emphasised on the hard work and perseverance behind the remarkable achievements of the two great scientists and motivated the students for pursuing higher studies in science & technology for the good of humanity as the call of fast changing time.
Poster presentation by the schools, model display by the colleges on the theme related to life and inventions of Madam Curie & Sir C.V.Raman were some highlights of the programme. Prizes were given to the winners of poster (schools) and model (colleges) display competition. An invited talk by a senior scientist from N.E. Regional Centre of Atomic Mineral Division (Dept. of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India), Shillong on the topic – “Radiations: Applications & hazards and safe mining” was an added attraction of the programme for the participants.
Faculties of NEHU demonstrated application of scientific instruments, viz., α – count and light diffraction through grating and the students were exposed to these exciting experiences. The students were introduced to an AV – presentation on the inventions and contribution of the two great scientists as well.
The programme was much appreciated by all the participants with a hope to have more of similar science promotion and outreach programmes by NEHU in future.
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