Nodal centres to promote science in rural Uttar Pradesh

October 15th, 2008 - 7:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Oct 15 (IANS) The National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) will jointly set up nodal centres in Uttar Pradesh schools to promote science and scientific thinking among rural students.”The move intends to spread science awareness in rural students, who at times do not get enough opportunities to learn science,” NBRI director Rakesh Tuli said Wednesday.

Initially, the nodal centres will be set up in villages in Lucknow and its adjoining districts. In the first phase, we include only 10 schools in our programme, he added.

Tuli said: “At the centres, students will get science literature, magazines that will enable them to understand and apply scientific principles in everyday life. Moreover, at regular intervals, science talk shows, exhibitions and other events would also be organised.”

CDRI and NBRI have also sought assistance from the Bangalore-based Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research and the Indian National Science Academy for the smooth functioning of the nodal centres.

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