Young Minds Think Beyond Text Books to Become Scientists

Young Minds Think Beyond Text Books to Become Scientists
  • In a positive development for promotion of science, Dr Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik science competition has been drawing lakhs of students.
  • Child scientists competition was first held in 1981 and has been continuing ever since.
  • 42,000 students took part in the competition recently.
  • Karnataka, Delhi, Gujarat, UP have so far taken the science talent test and more than 10 lakh students have participates.
  • Gujarat and Karnataka has been pressing for the competition being held in their respective states, says one of the organising committee members of competition.
  • The competition, students say, is a tough one. It is not easy to reach the last round of the competition, held over a period of one year.
  • 4 cycles of competition include a written test, practical, elaborate project on topical environmental concern followed by an interview
  • Only 0.1% of competitors make it to final and awarded the gold medal and experts from top science and research institutes such as IIT-B select the winning students.
  • One of projects by a class VI students in 2012-2013, on rainwater harvesting, was taken up by Badlapur railway station.
  • Vedang Asgaonkar, winner of gold medal, says completion builds self confidence, inspires and helps better understanding of science.

Exams Perspective:

  1. INSPIRE Programme
  2. Government Measures to attract young scientists
  3. Rainwater Harvesting
  4. Dr Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik science competition