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KU conducts National standard examination
SRINAGAR, Nov 24: The Department of Chemistry, University of Kashmir conducted National Standard Examination (NSE), 2012-2013- the first stage examination leading to the participation in International Science Olympiads here on Saturday.

Around 695 students (142 Physics, 191 Chemistry, 297 Biology and 65 junior science) of class 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th drawn from various schools of the Kashmir Valley participated in this examination which was coordinated by Dr Alta Hussain Pandith of Department of Chemistry KU in collaboration with Indian Association of Chemistry Teachers (IAPT), Pune and Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE),

TIFR, Mumbai.

According to the coordinators of the event the activity aims at promoting excellence in science among pre-college students and selecting teams of students to represent India at the International Olympiads in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

They said that the International Olympiad is being held in each subject once in a year in different countries across the globe.

In 2010, the Olympiads were held at Zagreb (Croatia), Tokyo (Japan) and Changwon (Korea) for chemistry, biology and physics respectively.

While interacting with the participants of the event Registrar University of Kashmir Prof. Zaffer Ahmad Reshi laid emphasis on participation of young students in such science competitions at National and International level.

He encouraged students to opt for science research as an alternative career opportunity, and excel as future scientists of the country.

Head, Department of Chemistry, Prof. Khaliq-uz-Zaman Khan informed that Department coordinates many such National level competitions to popularize science at elementary and secondary level, to catch science talent at a younger age and motivate them to pursue Science as career.

Dr Altaf Pandith, while giving details of these programmes said that Govt. of India has taken many initiatives to popularize science such as establishing of six Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) across the country, providing various short-term research training programmes and fellowships to undergraduate students by many research laboratories and institutes and advised the participating students to take maximum benefit from such programs.

News Updated at : Saturday, November 24, 2012
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