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Manohar Parrikar Vidnyan Mahotsav to ‘focus’ on students



The two-day Manohar Parrikar Vidnyan Mahotsav proposed to be inaugurated on December 13, later this year, on the birth anniversary of the former chief minister Manohar Parrikar will focus on students, as its target audience.

The National Institute of Oceanography Auditorium is expected to be the venue for this event.

Coming out with this information Jose Manuel Noronha, the chairman of the Goa State Innovation Council, which is the organising body for the event, said that the event is mainly aimed towards encouraging scientific temperament in the students.

“It is to motivate them and make them understand how leading scientists and Nobel Laureates have won their prizes and what they did when they were young, and so on,” he added, pointing out that the students could then try to emulate them.

Speaking further, Noronha said that the state government through its department of science and technology will organise this science festival, which is slated to be an annual event.

“It is a state event and we are not co-ordinating with the central government as done for the Nobel Prize Series-India 2018, last year,” he added.

This year, the theme of the event is ‘Science for Vibrant Society: A dialogue with scientists’, and it would change every year.

The executive committee for the event headed by Noronha, which met on September 9, will meet again to finalise the venue for the science festival.

“We are not sure as to whether Kala Academy would be available to us for hosting this event as it is presently not operational,” Noronha said, pointing out that three venues namely National Institute of Oceanography Auditorium, Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium and Taleigao Community Hall have been recommended, however, no final call has been taken about the venue. “In fact, since it is a science festival, the NIO Auditorium would be most appropriate,” he observed.

Noronha also said that no scientist or Nobel Laureate has been finalised for the event yet.

“We have just begun the process, which includes three phases, first identification of these luminaries, then communicating with them, and finally inviting them formally,” he noted.

The event is expected to include lectures by the scientists and Nobel Laureates, followed by their question-answer session with the students.

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