Vijnanotsava

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow    – Edward Teller

Science is a beautiful gift to Humanity; we should not distort it… APJ Abdul Kalam

The art of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.  Science is a way of thinking, much more than it is a body of knowledge.  Some things in life have to be understood by seeing, hearing & experiencing.  Most important of all these, is experimenting.

Hongirana proudly inaugurates Atal Tinkering Lab which is one of the recognized science projects of Central Government of India.     The students of the Institution Akarsha S, Gurudut B M and Tejas K N could bag this award under the highly talented guide, moderator and up-coming science lecturer at Hongirana Independent PU College, Mr. Rohit.  The project was about the science working model which is used for Harvesting Areca Nut called “Moto Areca”.   The students submitted report along with demonstration.  There were about 10000 models by 30000 students who participated in this Atal Tinkering Marathon.  Out of these, the “Top 100” models were chosen under selection process.  Amongst them “Top 15” projects were short listed which supported Agricultural technology. It’s really a great pride to proclaim that the students of Hongirana could bag one of the places among those top 15 institutions representing Karnataka. Vijnanotsava is celebrated as one of the great science fests which demonstrates various developments in science.  By linking science more closely to the society, this ensures that citizens are kept informed about the current on-goings in the field of science and technology.

The Day started with the inauguration of the Atal Tinkering Laboratory in the campus of the institution on the first floor of Hongirana Independent PU College.  The honourable delegates who were there on this auspicious occasion were the Chief Guest Dr. Tangali Sudarshan, Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Uday Kumar, Professor, High Voltage Dept, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian  Institute of  Science, Ms. Parvati G.R. Educationist from Bengaluru, Mrs. Nalina R Bhagavat, Bhagavat Hospital, Sagar, Honourable Principal Mrs. Shobha Ravindra, President of Sagar Academy of Education Mr. B V Suresh Kumar, Vice Principal Mr. Aravind Gurjar, Primary section head Mrs. Kamala Gudigar, Middle Section Head Mrs. Rajashree, the Head of the College Mrs. Ambika Patil and Physics Lecturer Mr. Rohit.  The inaugurator Dr. Tangali Sudarshan inaugurated the lab by cutting the ribbon in the entrance.  The slogan for the day was “I am an Innovator”.  The guests appreciated the efforts put forth by the institution for developing such lab equipment after they were demonstrated and wished good luck for forthcoming years.

After a brief discussion about the laboratory all the delegates adorned the diaz for a formal function.  The programme got initiated with a melodious song, post which the moderator of the Atal Tinkering Lab and Physics lecturer Mr. Rohit delivered informative foreword and welcomed the dignitaries and the gathering with utmost warmth & zeal.

Later, the inaugurator, Dr Tangali Sudarshan, Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina, Columbia, addressed the gathering with great information about Science and said science begins with predictions, reflection and vision.  He spoke about the challenges faced by educators and said curiosity and Imaginary skills has to be developed in the class room by the teachers.  Teachers as facilitators have to strive and create special learning environment for the students.  He highlighted certain significant contributions of science to humanity like enhancement of life span by invention of life saving drugs which resulted in improved public health.  Poverty, hunger and starvation are reduced considerably and so on.  He gave certain guidance on which the students can develop and contribute towards science and technology in the field of conservation of renewable resources, optimum usage of solar energy, clean water solutions, preservation of ground water levels, more research on Reverse Osmosis to get effective clean water solutions etc., which paved way for most of the students.  He concluded his motivating speech by giving certain tips for successful life such as enjoying creativity, being studious, developing questioning ability, immersing oneself in reading as many books as possible of any stream as all most all the subjects are related to science, identifying the problems and working towards problem solving and developing solutions for those problems.  This in itself is a starting point of serving nation and as a whole contributing positively towards nature.  Thus, his talk gave message to all students that they have the ability of emerging as scientists and gave a call to all not to accept things easily without asking questions thereby increasing the knowledge.  This in turn will help them in building a strong nation as the growth of science will enable more nature friendly policies.

This was followed by the Guest’s speech by Ms. G R Parvathi, Educationist from Bengaluru.  She said there is a scientific approach in all the fields but extra what is found in Science is experimenting.  A teacher plays a major role in keeping the momentum of natural curiosity and questioning in a child.  There should be a constructive amalgamation of all the streams including folk culture, science and technology because science in itself cannot have a strong hold.  She appreciated Hongirana being one such institution in giving a perfect blend of all these under holistic education methodology.  She stressed on the fact that every child is genius and unique in its own way.  It is the core responsibility of a teacher as a facilitator to empower them in self-learning and elicit the best out of them. She concluded her talk by insisting on all pervasive methodology of education to build a strong nation.

Later, presidential remarks was delivered by the President of the day’s programme Mrs. Nalina Bhagavat.  She firstly commended the continuous efforts of the institution in eliciting the innate talents of the students.  She briefed a little about Socrates life and said even on his death bed he learnt music and said there is no end for learning and motivated the audience to have hunger for learning.  She stressed on the fact that there is no short cut to success, it requires proper planning.  By concluding her remarks she gave a call to all students to inculcate all good habits and brighten the name of the country.

Thus the on-stage formal programme was called to an end by Mrs. Shreeprada with a warm vote of thanks to one and all assembled in the programme.

Further to this formal programme, the institution had organized for 8 different inter-school competitions; all the participants were invited to attend the events and competitions which took place simultaneously throughout the campus.  It was an amazing venture that all the schools took part in all the events very enthusiastically and gave their best.

The events and competitions were as follows:-

  • Tech-Talk by Dr T S Sudarshan and by Dr. Uday Kumar
  • Pick and Speak
  • Science Selfie-Picture Contest
  • Drawing competition related to Science & Technology
  • Innovative Model Exhibition
  • Quiz Competition
  • Debate Competition
  • Short Film competition

Tech-Talk: Informative Talk was presented by Dr Tangali Sudarshan.  He, in his talk inspired the science aspirants by briefly explaining his journey into the field of science.  He said any common man who is really conscious about the problems and challenges in and around him will definitely try to find a solution for such problems, thereby end-up becoming a scientist.  Mr. B V Sureshkumar, President of Sagar Academy of Education also took over the platform and inspired children to grab the opportunity and become innovators.

Post this Dr. Uday Kumar addressed the students on the topic of Basic Science.  He suggested that the aspirants of science are expected to be focused on all the branches like Physics, Chemistry and Biology along with proficiency in Mathematics as Math is the language of all sciences and it is impossible to get a complete idea of any branch of science without Mathematics.

The brainy science aspirants who got inspired in the Tech Talk were students from:

  • Podar International School, Shivamogga
  • Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Shivamogga
  • Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga
  • Pragathi Composite School, Sagar
  • Norbert CBSE School, Chikmagalur
  • National Public School, Shivamogga
  • Vasavi Public School, Shivamogga.

 

Pick & Speak: This event is a very interesting one which needs ability to speak about any given topic spontaneously, with presentable body language.  This reflects the general knowledge of students.  Students from different schools participated in this event with true spirit and showcased their talent.

The talented participants who took part in this competition were students from:

  • Podar International School, Shivamogga
  • Bharatiya Vidya bhavan, Shivamogga
  • Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga
  • Pragathi Composite School, Sagar
  • Norbert CBSE School, Chikmagalur
  • National Public School, Shivamogga

Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga bagged first place in this competition.

 

Science Selfie-Picture Contest: The competition was all about to take selfies in any part of the campus related to science and technology and explain about its scientific process.  The participation of the students in this competition was very energetic and they were found very keen in impressing the judges with their ability.

The fanatical participants who took part in this competition were students from:

  • Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Shivamogga
  • Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga
  • National Public School, Shivamogga

Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga bagged first place and National Public School, Shivamogga bagged second place in this competition.

 

Drawing competition related to Science & Technology:  This was a very colourful event as the students were asked to draw pictures related to Science and Technology.  Their mind flung out amazing scientific pictures which were really a great feast to the spectator.

The real artists who participated in this competition were students from:

  • Podar International School, Shivamogga
  • Bharatiya Vidya bhavan, Shivamogga
  • Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga
  • Pragathi Composite School, Sagar
  • Norbert CBSE School, Chikmagalur
  • National Public School, Shivamogga
  • Vasavi Public School, Shivamogga.
  • Shree Vyasa Maharshi Gurukula, Battemallappa

Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga bagged first place and Vasavi Public School, Shivamogga bagged second place in this competition.

 

Innovative Model Exhibition: Students were expected to bring out their innovative ideas related to science in the form of working models.  Science aspirants from different schools had come up with innovative working models of science.  The ideas were purely eco-friendly which depicted the aspirant’s dedicated approach and thinking, thereby utilize science in a more constructive way rather than destructive.

The innovative brains who participated in this competition were students from:

  • Bharatiya Vidya bhavan, Shivamogga
  • Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga
  • Pragathi Composite School, Sagar
  • Norbert CBSE School, Chikmagalur
  • National Public School, Shivamogga
  • Vasavi Public School, Shivamogga.
  • Nirmala Girls High School, Sagar
  • Bharatiya Vidya bhavan, Shivamogga

Vasavi Public School, Shivamogga bagged first place and Nirmala Girls High School, Sagar bagged second place in this competition.

 

Quiz Competition: The main highlight of the days programme was the quiz competition related to science and technology.  The quiz competition was conducted by the Students of I PU Akarsha and Gurudutt.  It consisted of rounds like General round, Rapid fire, Buzzer round, Video round and so on.  The participants were given great scientist’s names as the team names like APJ Abdul Kalam, C V Raman, Aryabhata and J C Bose.  There were 4 teams shortlisted after conducted an entrance exams for all the schools registered.

The following schools emerged as competitive amongst 8 schools after conducting entrance exam:

  • Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga
  • Podar International School, Shivamogga
  • Pragathi Composite School, Sagar
  • Vasavi Public School, Shivamogga

Podar International School, Shivamogga bagged first place and Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga bagged second place in this competition.

 

Debate Competition: The topic for the Debate was Innovations & Technology – a Boon.  The participants participated very energetically.  Their presentation was mind blowing.  In fact, judges found bit difficult in their task.

The students from following schools took part in the competition:

  • Bharatiya Vidya bhavan, Shivamogga
  • Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga
  • Pragathi Composite School, Sagar
  • Podar International School, Shivamogga
  • Vasavi Public School, Shivamogga

Podar International School, Shivamogga bagged first place and Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga bagged second place in this competition.

 

Short Film competition: I am an innovator is a short film competition that was open to student filmmakers of class IX and X.  It was really amazing to watch such creative short films about science and technology with the above theme.

The students from following schools took part in the competition:

  • Jnanadeepa Senior Secondary School, Shivamogga
  • Pragathi Composite School, Sagar
  • National Public School, Shivamogga

 

National Public School, Shivamogga emerged as winners.

 

Thus the above competitions were conducted simultaneously with great participation and enthusiasm.   The judges of all the competitions had a real tough time to judge the tremendous talents in the students as they were very energetic and competitive. This in turn gave way to another amazing event the long awaited Vijnyanamela – the Science Fair.

VIJNYANAMELA – THE SCIENCE FAIR

As the topic in itself suggests that the fair is to do with Science and Technology and it created a festive environment for the science students and aspirants.  The entire PU College premises was decked up with colourful stalls consisting of scientific ideas and innovations.

The fair was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr. Uday Kumar & Dr. Tangali Sudarshan.  Totally there were seven stalls.  In fact, one of the main attractions in the fair was 3 street acts related to science and technology.  The stalls put up by the students were as follows:

Raspberry Pi:  This is one of the new and mini versions of normal computer.  It has all the software that a normal PC has which is usually used in US and very less expensive.  Its programming is so simple that it can be understood by students easily.  It aims at making children create their own computers with the help of Raspberry Pi.  In fact, students of class IX of our institution have developed many games on their own using the above technology.  The programming language scratch was one of the games was key finders developed by the Class IX students.

Fuels, sources of energy, fertilizers and vermin compost: In this stall the major natural resources like petrol, diesel, coal and so on which are renewable were exhibited.  By this, they passed on a wonderful message for the need of conserving natural resources.    Along with these different types of fertilizers, manures and organic manures were exhibited and their importance was explained.

Science Book Exhibition: This was another stall where books related to science and technology was exhibited.  The concepts of science relating from elementary to college level were exhibited which were very informative.

Science Model Exhibition:  In this stall many science models like Hydro, Wind, Solar power production units were demonstrated by the students.  It showed their creative ideas about the usage of power productions and other models were rain water harvesting methods, production of electricity in salt water and many more were exhibited.

Coin Exhibition: Various types of coins, used in different parts of the world were exhibited in this stall.  This showcased their interest in collecting coins.  The special attraction were the copper coins belonging to Vijanayanagara Dynasty, Gold coin  which were used during Chatrapathy Shivaji’s Reign and Silver coins belonging to Mauryans etc.

Development of Technology through ages:  This stall exhibited many technical equipments used during earlier times to the present modern times.  The devices from floppy disks C.Ds, Pen drives, Hard disks to high end data storing disks were exhibited.  Appliances from age old grinding stone, mixer grinder to the modern electrical milk churner were exhibited.  This took the spectator back to some ages and brought him back to the current world.

Bio-diversity and Mechanical Plants:  Many specimens were displayed with their taxonomic data which also showcase the diversity.  This excited the tiny spectators to see the animals inside the containers of Formalin solution.  Along with this, microscopes of all types were exhibited.  Besides these, there were many medicinal plants exhibited with their scientific names and their uses were explained by the exhibitor.

Science experiments & Games:  Many scientific experiments and their principles were demonstrated.  Certain scientific facts that are followed by people blindly as superstitions were also explained.  This proved that our ancestors were so perfect in science and technology even from primitive times.  This fascinated the audience to a great extent.

Street Acts:  There were 3 street acts displayed in the fair which were related to the present day problems of environmental pollutions.  Street acts were conducted by Class IX, X and PU Students which laid emphasis about environment and its protection to the spectator.  They even demonstrated the methods to overcome the environmental pollution.

Thus the Vijnyana Mela took the spectator to an entirely different world of science.  Fair got concluded at 4pm and gave way to the valedictory of Vijnanotsava.

VALEDICTORY OF VIJNANOTSAVA

Everything that starts with a glory, has to end up with gaining of amazing experience.  The same way glory of Vijnanotsava concluded with an amazing experience of science and technology around us.  The Valedictory of Vijnanotsava started at 2 pm with a melodious song by Choir group.

The stage was adorned by the chief guests of the programme, Dr Tangali Sudarshan, Dr. Uday Kumar, the President of the programme Mr. V T Kalyana Sundaram and the Vice Principal Mr. Arvind Gurjar.

The gathering was warmly welcomed by Mrs. Vanitha Nadig amidst wonderful anchoring of our Class IX students Namratha and Keerthana.  Further, on this auspicious occasion the science related articles book “Meemamsa” was released by the Chief Guest Dr, Uday Kumar.  He commended the achievements of the institution and wished good luck in its future endeavours.   In his speech, he explained the importance of science in our life.  He called upon the students to use science and technology in the developmental programmes of the nation.  He said that students should possess passion towards learning and thereby gain knowledge.  He concluded his short speech by inspiring the students to possess zeal to work hard which will result in one’s development along with one’s community.  Later, the prize distribution for the winners of the competitions organized in the morning, on the occasion of Vijnanotsava took place.  With the presidential remarks from Mr. V T Kalyanasundaram, the programme was called to an end after rendering a warm vote of thanks to one and all assembled in the programme by Mrs. Ambika Patil.

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