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WORLD EARTH DAY (April 22, 2017)

Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated World Earth Day on April 22, 2017 in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences involving participation by large number of students in different competitions. The objective of the celebration is to raise awareness among students and visitors about the values of earth resources in our lives and various threats to these resources and means to conserve it.

Following activities were organized to commemorate this celebration: 

  • Expert lecture by Prof. Sandeep Sahijpal, Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh about conservation and management of earth resources.
  • Painting Competition
  • Debate Contest
  • Documentary Shows
  • Plantation

 

On this occasion Painting and Debate competitions were organized in which about 300 students from different schools participated.

 

Winners of Painting Competition


First Prize Winner
Harjinder Singh of DRV DAV Centenary School, Phillaur
Second Prize Winner
Saneha Sharma of Sanskriti KMV School, Jalandhar
Third Prize Winner
Aashna of DIPS, UE-I, Jalandhar
Third Prize Winner
Sandeep Kaur of Bhai Gurdas Academy, TaranTaran, Amritsar

 

Winners of Debate Contest


First Prize Winner
Nionika of St. Xavier`s School, Bathinda
Second Prize Winner
Sunidhi Sharma of DRV DAV Centenary School, Phillaur
Third Prize Winner
Garima of Rudra International Sr. Sec. School, Una
Third Prize Winner
Sakshi of DIPS, UE-I, Jalandhar

 

 

ANNUAL DAY CUM INNO-TECH 2017 (March 17-19, 2017)

Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC) in collaboration with IKG Punjab Technical University Kapurthala celebrated INNO-TECH-2017 during  March 17-19, 2017 to provide a platform to the students of technical Institutes to display their innovative creations as well as an opportunity to the students to showcase their talent and vision. It is intended to encourage love for Science among the youth through enquiry-based learning and to convert their imaginative ideas into real life models/ projects and several other creative and skill enhancing activities.

 

Science City celebrated this festival through display of projects/ models and Quiz Competitions aimed to inculcate scientific aptitude and temperament, among the masses, especially in youth mind. About 800 students from different professional colleges participated in various events.
Students participated in following four categories:-

Category I:         Engineering College students
Category II:         Polytechnic College students
Category III:         Industrial Training Institutes students.
Category IV:         Post Graduate students and Teachers

Dr. Ajay Sharma, Director, NIT, New Delhi was the Chief Guest on this occasion. In his address to the students, Dr. Sharma appreciated the initiatives of Science City, Kapurthala in promoting creativity and innovation. He said that such programmes encourage competitiveness and entrepreneurship among young students and motivate them to take up careers in science and technology. He further said that the initiative to organize the Tech Fest is indeed commendable and in conformity of what India is gearing up for. These programmes will effectively support new national program designed to transform India into a global manufacturing hub.PGSC also celebrated its 11thAnnual day.


Dr. Grover thanked the public of the region for their overwhelming response as more than 35 lakh visitors have visited the Science City since its opening to the public in March 2005. and Dr. R Sharma, former Director Science City was the Guest of Honors on the occasion.

Cash Prizes ranging from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 25,000 were awarded to the winners and certificates were awarded to all participants.

 

Details of Winners Innotech 2017

 

WORLD WETLANDS DAY (February 02, 2017)

Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated World Wetlands Day on February 02, 2017 in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences involving participation by large number of students in different competitions. The objective of the celebration is to raise awareness among students and visitors on importance of wetlands and to promote the conservation and management of wetlands through variety of programmes. Following activities were organized to commemorate this celebration: 

 

  • Expert lecture by Sh. Biman Basu, Former Scientist, CSIR-NISCAIR and Eminent Science Communicator on wetlands importance and its conservation.
  • Expert lecture by Mrs. Gitanjali Kanwar, Senior Project Officer, WWF from Hari Ke Pattan on Wetlands of Punjab.
  • Painting Competition
  • Photography Contest
  • Documentary Shows

 

On this occasion Painting and Photography competitions were organized in which about 300 students from different schools participated.

 

Winners ofPainting Competition


First Prize Winner
Anmol of Sanskriti KMV School, Jalandhar

Second Prize Winner
Vanshika of BST Sr Sec School, Sujo Kalia, Kapurthala

Third Prize Winner
Diljit of BST Sr Sec School, Ibban, Kapurthala

Winners ofPhotography Competition

First Prize Winner
Pritpal Singh of BST Sr Sec School, Sujo Kalia, Kapurthala

Second Prize Winner
Hardeep of  DAV Model High School, Kapurthala

Third Prize Winner
Sanjana of Asian Public School, Kapurthala

 

 

FLOWER SHOW March 04, 2017)

Pushpa Gujral Science City organized Flower Show on March 04, 2017 involving participation by large number of students and general public in different competitions. The objective of the programme was to raise awareness on floral biodiversity of the region. Dr. Prem Kumar, Vice Chancellor, GNA University, Phagwara was the Chief Guest of the occasion. He expressed that flowers are regarded as a symbol of love, beauty and a gift of nature. They have the power to make people happy and cheerful. We can never deny the importance of flowers in our lives. They have a great role to make us feel happy and cheerful in every situation of our life. Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City said that this event will inspire the society regarding the importance of growing flowers and conservation of environment and at the same time it will promote a spirit of fun. He mentioned that setting up of flower show is a cooperate venture which combine the skills, Knowledge and enthusiasm of several individuals. Dr. Grover further added that studies indicate that the State of Punjab harbors about 2000 species of flowering plants (angiosperms) in the wild, besides, a large number of species and varieties of floricultural and horticultural importance. More than 550 participants registered for this event. This event gave an opportunity to the visitors to enjoy the spring season in its full grandeur and to appreciate the floral biodiversity. Students of different educational institutions also presented Gidha, Bhangra and Gattaka.


Winners of Flower Show Competitions

 

a.Winners of Flower Painting Competition 


First Prize Winner
Palakpreet Kaur of Sh. Guru Harkishan Public School, Kapurthala

Second Prize Winner
Niraj Owaan form DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillour

Third Prize Winner
Disha Sharma from SPPS Convent School, Begowal

 

b. Winners of Fresh Flower Arrangement 


First Prize Winner
Ranjeet and Anshita  from Bawa Lalvani Public School, Kapurthala

Second Prize Winner
Komal from Arya Sen. Sec. School, Phagwara

Third Prize Winner
Radha Rani and Jasmeet from Doaba College, Jalandhar

 

c. Winners of Dry Flower Arrangement 


First Prize Winner
Manmeet Kaur from BST Sen. Sec. School SujoKalia, Kapurthala

Second Prize Winner
Arman and Prapyush from Bawa Lalvani Public School, Kapurthala

Third Prize Winner
Manbir Kaur of Guru Amar Dass Public School, Kapurthala

 

 

5th & 6th ALL BREED OPEN DOG SHOW (January 22, 2017)

Pushpa Gujral Science City Kapurthala organized 5th & 6th All Breed Open Dog show on 22nd January 2017 with an objective to bring awareness in the society about domesticated biodiversity with a focus on various breeds of dogs. Exhibitors from all over Punjab participated in this dog show. Over 70 dogs comprising 35 breeds participated in the dog show. Owners of dogs from Punjab and other states exhibited their pets and their skills during the show. 15 stalls related to dog foods and dog medicines were set up on this occasion.

 

Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala presided over the function and emphasized on the need to bring awareness about salient features of various breeds of dogs in the society. Brig. R. Panicker Station Commander, Kapuarthala, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. In his address, he talked about the role of dogs in the army and about dog lovers. The following were declared as the winners and awarded with cash prizes and trophies

 

The Judges of the Show are Sh. Brijesh Kumar from Delhi and Dr. Sulbha Jindal from Ludhiana.

 

First best of Show prize in Ring- 1 was bagged by Rottweiler of Sh. Ankit Chibber from Kotkapura, while the Second best of Show prize went to a breed Boxer (owner Gurtaj Singh from Chandigarh) and Third best of Show prize was clinched by Rottweiler of Sh. Daljit Singh from Jalandhar.

 

First best of Show prize in Ring – 2 was bagged by Rottweiler of Sh. Ankit Chibber from Kotkapura while the Second best of Show prize went to a German Shepherd (owner Ajmer Singh from Ludhiana) and Third best of Show prize was clinched by Boxer of Sh. Gurtej Singh from Chandigarh.

 

 

 

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AWARENESS CAMPAIGN (JANUARY 27, 2017)

National Environment Awareness Campaign was organized in collaboration with Punjab State Council for Science and Technology and was sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GoI. The theme of the event was Combating Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought. Sh. G.S Dhillon, Map Officer, Department of soil and water conservation, Punjab delivered an expert lecture on the theme. Demonstrations on Rain water harvesting, vermin composting, nature walk and show on climate change were part of the event. Approximately, 100 students participated in the event.

Sh. G.S Dhillon, in his lecture mentioned that  Deforestation, soil  erosion, soil fertility depletion, overgrazing, loss of biodiversity, water logging, salinity besides ill planned urbanization, industrialization, socio-economic constraints and climate change are major causes for land turning into desert. He also told that  at  the time of independence, 75 million hectares i.e. about 33% was under forest cover. Today this has been reduced to just over 10%. India has been losing 10 million trees every 24 hours. 25%  of India's total geographical area  is undergoing desertification while 32% is facing degradation that has affected its productivity, critically affecting the livelihood and food security of millions across the country.

 Further, he added Punjab, primarily an agrarian economy and the food bowl of country is also facing a threat of desertification. Punjab has now highest percentage of blocks categorized as over-exploited in terms of ground water exploitation. Bad agricultural practices like over use of pesticides and fertilizers besides following the same crop cycle of wheat-paddy year after year are factors contributing towards diminishing soil fertility. Due to alarming situation of ground water levels and limited surface water resources, farmers are being encouraged to adopt drip & sprinkler irrigation systems by providing various incentives besides the promotion of underground pipeline systems in place of open channels for irrigation.

On this occasion, Dr. Rajesh Grover , Director, Pushpa Gujral Science city, said that  there is dire need to increase public awareness about  the environmental issues and  National  Environment campaign  can  be used as a powerful catalyst by  involving  society  in making a difference towards a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future. He asserted that if we all put our best foot forward to stop the rampant global warming, we can expect certain rewards in the future.  He further added that Eco-friendly  practices can certainly help to conserve soil for good agricultural  productivity.  

 

 

CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION (October 13, 2016)

Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated International day for Disaster Reduction on October 13, 2016 in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI involving participation by large number of students in different competitions.


Presiding over the occasion, Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City said since 1990, there had been three times increase in natural disasters most of which are the direct result of climate change as a consequence of global warming. Disasters disrupt progress and often push nations, in quest for progress, back by several decades. Recalling the worst floods ever experienced in the last 100 years by the Southern city of Chennai in November 2015 which destroyed crops in 10,000 acres worth Rs 1,350 Crore, he mentioned that floods continue to be the most frequently occurring disaster. He further said, "Whatever type of a disaster it may be, whether natural or man-made, it is the community itself that is the first to cope with it. It is what the people should know so that they are able to lead the first line of action at the time of disaster and in reducing its impact."


An Expert lecture was delivered by Dr. Raman Chawla, renowned Cardiologist from Jalandhar on this occasion. He talked about the importance of first aid during an accident and heart attack. He added that every minute of delay in treatment leads to the chance of permanent heart damage and death. Further, he said that adopting good life style like regular walk, avoid intake of oily food and keep the blood pressure and sugar level within normal range make life healthy and happy. He also explained about the heart attack that how it occurs, what are its symptoms and what immediate precautions could be taken in order to recover from the severe pain of heart attack. He also suggested that during emergency one should call local medical emergency number.
On this occasion Debateand Photography competitions were organized in which about 250 students from different schools participated.


Winners of Debate Competition


First Prize Winner
Parneet Kaur of SPSM Sr. Sec. School, Begowal, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Harpreet Kaur of BST Sr. Sec. School, Sugokalia, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
Honey from DAV Model High School, Kapurthala

 

Winners of Photography Competition


First Prize Winner
Tripti from GSSS, Bhawnipur, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Sunny Kumar, Mandi Hardy Ganj Sr. Sec. School, Ahmedpur, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
Manjot Kaur from Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School,RCF, Kapurthala

 

 

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (JUNE 05, 2016)

World Environment Day was celebrated at Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala on June 05, 2016. A state-level function was organized in collaboration with Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), Patiala. Over 400 students and officers of PPCB and forest department from different districts of Punjab participated. Sh. Manpreet Singh, IAS, Chairman, PPCB was the Chief Guest at the occasion. He said that each year hundreds of millions of plants and animals are caught or harvested from the wild and then sold as food, pets, ornamental plants, leather and medicine. While a great deal of this trade is illegal and threatens the survival of many endangered species. With overexploitation being one of the largest direct threats to many species, therefore, illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade is an issue which needs to be addressed on priority.

 

Expert lecture was delivered by  Sh. R.K. Luna, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Retired), Govt. of Punjab informed that, In Africa alone between 2010 and 2012, one lakh elephants have been killed by poachers. In India, Great Indian Rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tiger are under constant threat of extermination due to illegal trade of their body parts including horns, bones, teeth, and skins etc. which are smuggled through international borders. He, further, said that theme of Environment Day –2016 “Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Trade in Wildlife” has been selected keeping in view the threats to iconic wildlife species from poachers who indulge in illegal trade of animal parts.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City said that this overexploitation should concern us all because it has harmed human livelihoods as many people in our country depend entirely on the continued availability of local wildlife resources viz. fuel, food and medicines. Careful and thoughtful use of wildlife species and their habitats is required to avoid not only extinctions, but serious impact on the balance of nature. The existence of illegal trade is also worrying because it challenges countries efforts to protect their natural resources. Another worrying factor in illegal wildlife trade is deliberately introduction of many invasive or foreign species which cause indirect harm by competing with native species. Invasive species are a big threat to the balance of nature as the direct overexploitation by humans of some species.  

Dr. Babu Ram, Member Secretary, Chief Environment Engineer Sh. G.S. Majithia and Sh. Sandeep Behal, Senior Environment Engineer, PPCB were also present on the occasion.   

 

Winners of Caption Contest


First Prize Winner
Javeenjot Kaur from Guru Hargobind Sen. Sec. School, Nadala
Second Prize Winner
Arshdeep Singh from Royal Baby Sen. Sec. School, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
Parteet Kaur, St. Francis School, Batala, Gurdaspur

 

Winners of Painting Competition


First Prize Winner
Kunal From Lala Jagat Narayan DAV Model School, Jalandhar
Second Prize Winner
Angelina Kaur from SPPS Covent School, Begowal
Third Prize Winner
Kuljit Kaur from Baby Royal Model Sen. Sec. School, Kapurthala

 

SUMMER CAMP (May 30 - June 1, 2016)

Pushpa Gujral Science City organized summer camp at PGSC campus on Hands on activities in Mathematics, Model Rocketry, Basic Electronics and Nature camp for school students of 5th to 8th standard from 30th  May to 1st June 2016. The camp was an opportunity for the participants to introduce themselves with the exciting world of engineering, robotics and the art of observation in nature and help them break the boundaries of the routine and take a leap into the whole new world full of different perspective. The objective was to develop curiosity, increase self-confidence and interest of the students in science and provide hands-on laboratory experiments and demonstrations that are fun based learning.

 

A total of 82 students from different schools (Kapurthala & Jalandhar Districts) participated in the camp.  The salient feature of this camp included simplifying the complex concepts of science, develop and nurture Scientific Temper and skill development.

 

Different topics covered in Summer Camp are as under:

 

Nature & Science Camp:

  • Students were cleared about the concept of the camp.
  • A trip to herbal Garden of science city was organized to have a close view  of the nature,

Study of medicinal plants & study of flowers.

  • Students were given a chance to visit different galleries of science city.
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Model Rocketry:

  • Students were trained to make single stage rockets of their own which they launched and enjoyed on last day of summer camp.

 

Electronics:

 

  • Introduction to basic Electronics
  • Working of various electronics components like diode, capacitor, transistors and IC etc.
  • Multi-meter and its uses.
  •  

Mathematics:

  • Introduction of 2D & 3D structures.
  • Different formulas of mathematics.
  • Mathematical games.
  • LCM & HCF ,Number system.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DAY (MAY 21, 2016)

International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated at Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala on May 21, 2016. A state-level function was organized in collaboration with Punjab Biodiversity Board (PBB), Chandigarh. Over 200 students and biodiversity management committee (BMC) members from different districts of Punjab participated during the occasion.

 

Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala presided over the occasion. He said that biodiversity is fundamental for the existence of life on earth and the importance of it cannot be underestimated. Referring to recent Forest fires in the hills of Uttarakhand which has caused significant loss and damage to valuable natural resources, Dr. Grover said, “The major reason of these forest fires is attributed to the loss of biodiversity in the region and dominance of chir pine which now covered a significant forest area in the state encroaching mixed species area every year due to its hardy nature. The chir pine itself is highly resistant to fire due to thick bark but the fallen dry needles are highly inflammable.” He further said that in recent years, mass migration of villagers from the state has also checked the local utilization of the needles, leaving more fuel for forest fires. The regular burning of forests has wiped out communities of insects, birds, amphibians and reptiles, besides, of course, most mammals. He further added that due to the damage that has been caused, and the value that biodiversity has to humans, adoption of various security and conservation measures on this earth to curb the menace of global warming is essential.

 

Expert lecture was delivered by Dr Onkar Singh, Asst. Professor, Dept of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala on the occasion. He said that we are losing almost 50 species per day all over the globe due to various activities like forest fire, deforestation, all types of pollution, loss of habitat, scarcity of food, poaching, loss of reproductive efficacy due to rise of temperature, loss of reproductive efficacy due to infestation of pollutants in the ovaries of the organisms, etc. Further, he said rapidly rising greenhouse gases are driving earth ecosystems toward conditions not seen for millions of years, with an associated risk of fundamental and irreversible ecological transformation. Changes in biological functions caused by anthropogenic climate change go far beyond death, extinctions and habitat loss. The reproductive system of some organisms is temperature dependent, in some reptiles Y-chromosome which is liable to produce males is absent and their sex is entirely temperature dependent. Where there is a more temperature then all males are produced and then temperature is low all females are produced, he said.

Winners of Science Play Competition


First Prize Winner
Mandi Hardiganj Girl High School, Kapurthala


Second Prize Winner
DAV Model High School, Kapurthala


Third Prize Winner
Premjot Public School, Kapurthala

 

Winners of Painting Competition


First Prize Winner
Pooja Gupta from Mandi Hardiganj Girl High School, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Karan from Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Wadala Kalan, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
Premjot from Premjot Public School, Kapurthala

 

WORLD EARTH DAY (April 22, 2016)

Science City celebrated World Earth Day on April 22, 2016. On this occasion well known environmentalist Dr Arun D Ahluwalia, Environment Outreach Incharge, Panjab University interacted with over 200 students and their teachers from about 100 schools across Himachal Pradesh. These students were the winners of Space Science Olympiad conducted in various schools of Himachal Pradesh.

 

In his address to the participants on this occasion Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City said that every year, April 22 is celebrated as "Earth Day" to increase public awareness on the environment. Earth day should be used as a powerful catalyst to involve people in making a difference towards a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future. The celebration reminds us to protect the Mother Earth in every possible ways. He asserted that if we all put our best foot forward to stop the rampant global warming, we can expect certain rewards in the future. There are solutions to global warming available today and its time we put them to use. These solutions will reduce the amount of heat-trapping gases that we emit into the atmosphere. 

 

Dr.Arundeep Ahluwalia shared his valuable views on minimizing air, water and soil pollution and the need for management of all natural hazards through societal scientific temper and sustainable use of science and technology in village.

 

Winners of Declamation Contest Competition

First : Ravi Kant Bhandhari ( Gurkul Public School, H.P.)
Second: Arundati( The New Era School of Sciences, Kangra)
Third: Sidharth Mahajan ( MCM DAV Public School, Baghni, Nurpur)

 

Winners of Caption Contest Competition
First: Ankita Minhas ) Lawerence Public School, Shahpur
Second: Prachi ECI Chalet DAV School, Shimla

Third: Bhawana (Sri Sai Baba Sr.Sec.Shool, Nangal

 

 

ANNUAL DAY CUM INNOTECH 2016 (March 18-20, 2016)

Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC) in collaboration with Punjab Technical University celebrated INNO-TECH-2016 during  March 18-20, 2016 to provide a platform to the students of technical Institutes to display their innovative creations as well as an opportunity to the students to showcase their talent and vision. It is intended to encourage love for Science among the youth through enquiry-based learning and to convert their imaginative ideas into real life models/ projects and several other creative and skill enhancing activities.

 

Science City celebrated this festival through display of projects/ models and Quiz Competitions aimed to inculcate scientific aptitude and temperament, among the masses, especially in youth mind. About 900 students from different professional colleges participated in various events.
Technopreneur Promotion Programme Outreach Centre, Chandigarh made a presentation on this occasion highlighting various facilities and financial support available for innovative models, providing an opportunity to the participants to further develop their models / ideas.

Students participated in following four categories:-

Category I:         Engineering College students
Category II:         Polytechnic College students
Category III:         Industrial Training Institutes students.
Category IV:         Post Graduate students and Teachers

Dr. A.K Paul,Vice Chancellor,  DAV University, Jalandhar was the Chief Guest on this occasion. In his address to the students, Dr. A.K Paul appreciated the initiatives of Science City, Kapurthala in promoting creativity and innovation. He said that such programmes encourage competitiveness and entrepreneurship among young students and motivate them to take up careers in science and technology. He further said that the initiative to organize the Tech Fest is indeed commendable and in conformity of what India is gearing up for. These programmes will effectively support new national program designed to transform India into a global manufacturing hub.PGSC also celebrated its 11thAnnual day.


Dr. Grover thanked the public of the region for their overwhelming response as more than 35 lakh visitors have visited the Science City since its opening to the public in March 2005. and Dr. Yogendra Yadav, Director NIRE and Dr. A P Singh Dean PTU were the Guest of Honors on the occasion.

Cash Prizes ranging from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 15,000 were awarded to the winners and certificates were awarded to all participants.

 

Details of Winners Innotech 2016

 

INAUGRATION OF BIRDS GALLERY (February 27, 2016)

Pushpa Gujral Science City inaugurated bird’s gallery on February 27, 2016. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Neelima Jerath, Director General, PGSC said birds are the most diverse land vertebrates on the planet, surpassing the biological diversity of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Further, the gallery is of unique importance to Punjab as the state is a home to a large number of migratory and resident birds in its various natural and man- made wetlands.


Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, PGSC, said the gallery captures diversity of birds with models of national and state birds. A large banyan tree located in its centre displays commonly available birds species of the state mounted on it. This tree structure is surrounded by wetland diorama consisting models of species/varieties of flora and fauna available in state wetlands surrounded by replica of natural scenic beauty. The gallery also exhibits a large map of India demarcating its various states along with state birds.  These bird’s models are placed in such postures to give life like experience. A large skeletal structure of hawk mounted on the wall provides its anatomical details. Another diorama depicts a pair of Indian Pea fowl in dancing posture at the entrance of the gallery. He added that the gallery would take visitors into a journey of beautiful world of birds and generate awareness on the avian wealth of the country and conservation issues.

 

 

 

FLOWER SHOW (February 27, 2016)

Pushpa Gujral Science City organized Flower Show on February 27, 2016 involving participation by large number of students and visitors in different competitions. Dr. Neelima Jerath, Director General, Science City presided over the occasion. The objective of the programme was to raise awareness on floral biodiversity of the region. More than 900 participants registered for this event. This event gave an opportunity to the visitors to enjoy the spring season in its full grandeur and to appreciate the floral biodiversity. A special exhibition was also set up at this occasion by Punjab Biodiversity Board to provide information to the public on this important gene pool.

The following competitions/activities were organized to commemorate the occasion:

Winners of Flower Show Competitions

 

a.Winners of Flower Painting Competition 


First Prize Winner
Divyleen Singh from MGN Public School, Kapurthala


Second Prize Winner
Latinder Singh from SPPS Convent School, Begowal


Third Prize Winner
Harwinder Singh from Sant Sar Public School, Beas

 

b. Winners of Fresh Flower Arrangement 


First Prize Winner
Ramneet Kaur from BST School, SujoKalia, Kapurthala


Second Prize Winner
Pooja from Govt. Sen. Sec. School, Chohal, Hoshiarpur


Third Prize Winner
Ruch from KMV College, Jalandhar

 

c. Winners of Dry Flower Arrangement 


First Prize Winner
Inderjit Kaur from GN College, Kapurthala


Second Prize Winner
Jaskar from BST School, Ibban, Kapurthala


Third Prize Winner
Sukhwant Kaur from Hindu Putri Pathshala, Kapurthala

 

d. Winners of Potted Flower Competition


First Prize Winner
Mr. Parshotom Singh from Punjab Technical University 


Second Prize Winner
Kirndeep Kaur from DIPS College, Hoshiarpur


Third Prize Winner
Ramndeep from APIS, Bathinda

 

 

 

CELEBRATION OF WORLD WETLANDS DAY (February 02, 2016)

Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated World Wetlands Day on February 02, 2016 in collaboration with Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh involving participation by large number of students in different competitions.
Presiding over the occasion, Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City expressed his concern on wetland conservation. He said that it’s easier to protect wetlands now than to restore or recreate later, which may be too late. Wetlands are vital to us in many other way and livelihoods from fishing, farming, tourism and water provision all depend on wetlands. They host a huge variety of life, protect our coastlines, provide natural sponges against river flooding and store carbon dioxide to regulate climate change. Unfortunately, wetlands are often viewed as wasteland and more than 64% of our wetlands have disappeared since 1900. He emphasized that there is dire need to maintain a balance to enable people to make a decent living and at the same time ensuring that wetlands can still provide their essential benefits. Dr. Grover revealed that PGSC has set up a Birds Gallery jointly with Punjab State Council for Science and Technology which is expected to be opened to the public shortly. This will be an interactive gallery and is of special importance to Punjab as the state is home to almost 40% of migratory and resident birds found in India. Expert lecture was delivered by Mrs. Gitanjali Kanwar, Project Coordinator, WWF-India on the occasion.  She informed about the rich biodiversity in wetlands of Punjab like Indus river dolphin. Freshwater Dolphin found in only river Beas in India. Smooth coated otter is abundantly recorded from Harike. Another attraction in wetlands of Punjab are migratory birds like Bar-headed geese, Ruddy shelduck, Grey lag geese, Pochard and Pintail. Children need to be involved in wetland conservation. She further said that we need to raise awareness, knowing values of wetlands and train them for managing wetlands.


On this occasion Painting and Photography competitions were organized in which about 250 students from different schools participated.


Winners of Painting Competition


First Prize Winner
Harleen Kaur from Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Ahmedpur, Kapurthala


Second Prize Winner
Rohit Kumar from Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Dhaliwal Dona, Kapurthala


Third Prize Winner
Gursimranjit Kaur from DAV High School, Kapurthala

 

Winners of Photography Competition


First Prize Winner
Rajwinder Singh from Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Baler Khanpur, Kapurthala


Second Prize Winner
Rupinder Singh from Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Ahmedpur, Kapurthala


Third Prize Winner
Pinky from Govt. Sr. Sec School, Wadala Kalan, Kapurthala

 

 

 

3rd & 4th ALL BREED OPEN DOG SHOW (January 17, 2016)

Pushpa Gujral Science City Kapurthala organized 3rd & 4th All Breed Open Dog show on 17th January 2016 with an objective to bring awareness in the society about domesticated biodiversity with a focus on various breeds of dogs. Exhibitors from all over Punjab participated in this dog show. Over 90 dogs comprising 35 breeds participated in the dog show. Owners of dogs from Punjab and other states exhibited their pets and their skills during the show. 15 stalls related to dog foods and dog medicines were set up on this occasion.


Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala presided over the function and emphasized on the need to bring awareness about salient features of various breeds of dogs in the society. Brig. NR Babu, 38 Infantry, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. In his address, he talked about the role of dogs in the army and police force for various tasks in war and peace.
The following were declared as the winners and awarded with cash prizes and trophies


First best of Show prize in Ring- 1 was bagged by Doberman of Sh. Rajiv Kalia from Jalandhar and Akita got the Second best of Show and Boxer was the Third best of Show in Ring 1.


 First best of Show prize in Ring – 2 was bagged by Akita, whose owner was Bhupinder Singh from Ludhiana, while the Second best of Show prize went to a German Shepherd (owner Ajmer Singh from Ludhiana) and Third best of Show prize was clinched by Boxer.

 

 

 

WORKSHOP ON ROBOTICS (December 21-23, 2015)

A three-day workshop on ‘Robotics’, was organised at Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC)  in collaboration with National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) and Government of India (GOI), New Delhi. About 60 Students along with teachers from various government schools of 22 districts of Punjab participated in this workshop held during December 21-23, 2015.
Director PGSC presided over and while addressing the participants said that these kinds of workshops are quite helpful as the country has already started the use of robots in every aspect of manufacturing. This would push for the requirement of skilled manpower for this technology. As this is growing and exciting field, there is huge scope of employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in robotic field.
Mr. Atul Uttam and Mr. Harshit Awashthi from Maxxware, New Delhi, were the resource persons during this workshop. They imparted practical training and skills to make a robot as well as made the students aware about applications of robotics in the industry. The experts also explained the students about the various components and sensors used to make a robot as well as learnt assembling of a robot and its wireless connectivity and control with mobile phones. The workshop proved to be quite eventful for the youngsters.

 

 

FOOD FESTIVAL & COOKERY COMPETITION 2016 (December 06, 2015)

Pushpa Gujral Science City organized Food Festival & Cookery Competition on 06.12.2015 to inculcate the scientific temper in the society on healthy food. The programme was celebrated in association with National Finishing & Cookery Institute Jalandhar. More than 200 Budding chefs, including kids, students, housewives and professionals, participated under four categories, junior chef, kitchen king/Queen, Chef of the year and Culinary Chef. Sh Rakesh Sethi, Celebrity Chef was the chief guest on this occasion.

 

On this occasion Dr. Rajesh Grover Director Science City emphasised on making healthy food choices, eating nutritional food and savouring the diversity of food  which our country has to offer.  Chefs  Mr. Sanjeev Verma, Mr. Navdeep Sharma and Ms Neelu Kaura were the jury members during the competition. 25 stalls of different variety of foods were set up on this occasion to celebrate the food diversity of India. All stalls were based on various themes to emphasis the importance of appropriate intake of nutrients in daily life. ‘Regions of India’ stall had depicted the diversity in culinary traditions of country, while ‘Amritsar delight’ had showcased the holy city’s food culture and ‘Conti Food’ stall had opened the doorway to international cuisines.

 

The following were declared as the winners


Chef of the year

  1. Guntas from GNA Phagwara,
  2. Probjot from NFCI Jalandhar
  3. Muskan from NFCI Ludhiana

Junior Chef

  1. Preet Soi from MGN Jalandhar
  2. Keshav

Kitchen King/Queen

  1. Ms Pooja
  2. Ms Meenakshi Goel
  3. Ms Seema Sharma

Culinary Chef

  1. Bilal
  2. Jogindera
  3. Patil Sunil
 

NATIONAL POLLUTION CONTROL DAY (December 02, 2015)

Pushpa Gujral Science City in collaboration with Punjab Pollution Control Board organized awareness programme on National Pollution Control Day on December 02, 2015to commemorate worst commercial industrial disaster in history “Bhopal Tragedy Day”. Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Pushpa Gujral Science City, in his address said that paddy is cultivated in 2.8 m ha area in Punjab and when harvested mechanically leaves considerable stubble in the field which is burnt by the farmers to prepare their farms for sowing of next Rabi crop. Dr.Grover emphasized that the most preferable solution for the Punjab state was to diversify its cropping pattern, reducing the area under paddy cultivation. However, it could possibly happen only when the state is able to offer some other economically viable options to its farmers. Therefore, till such time diversification of cropping pattern to reduce the area under paddy becomes reality, an effective policy for management and utilization of paddy straw needs to be put in place.

 

Sh. Bawa Singh, former Vice Chairman, National Minority Commission, was the Chief Guest and Sh. Sandeep Behl, Sr. Env. Engg PPCB presided over on this occasion.


Dr. Charanjit Singh, Deputy Director, PPCB referred Bhopal Gas Tragedy as one of worst tragedy in the world. In recent decades, too, a wide range of modern pollutants have emerged- not only those associated with road traffic and the use of modern chemicals in food, for water treatment and for pest control. Since, most of these pollutants are rarely present in excessively large concentrations, their effects on health are usually far from immediate or obvious, but appear after a long time.

 

On this occasion Painting/Poster Making and Science Play/Dramacompetitions were also organized in which about 250 students from different schools participated.

Winners of Painting/Poster Making Competition


First Prize Winner
Paras Mattu from Lala Jagat Naryan DAV Model School Jalandhar


Second Prize Winner
Yash Kumar from DRV DAV Cent Public School, Phillour


Third Prize Winner
Harman from Govt. Sen. Sec. School, Wadala Kalan, Kapurthala

 

Winners of Science Play/Drama


First Prize Winner
Path Seeker School,  Beas

Second Prize Winner
Premjot Sen. Sec. School Kapurthala

Third Prize Winner
DAV Model School, Kapurthala

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION (October 14, 2015)

Science City celebrated “International Day for Disaster Reduction” on October 14, 2015 in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI. Presiding over the occasion, Dr. Neelima Jerath, Director General, Pushpa Gujral Science City, in her address said that disasters disrupt progress and destroy the hard-earned fruits of painstaking developmental efforts, often pushing nations, in quest for progress, back by several decades. According to Dr. Jerath, whatever type of a disaster it may be, whether natural or man-made, it is the community itself that is the first to cope with it. It is what the people should know so that they are able to lead the first line of action at the time of disaster and in reducing its impact. The importance of public education in this connection is most vital. Indigenous knowledge and risk management strategies are valuable, and must be integrated into disaster preparedness and response programmers.


On this occasion an expert lecture was delivered by Mr.Ankur Chauhan, Director, Institute of Disaster Management and Fire Sciences, Chandigarh. Mr. Chauhan said that, disaster management should be made a part of our educational curriculum at all levels in some way or other. By conducting frequent talks, seminars and training programmers we should involve our children and youth to combat disasters. Poor socio-economic conditions combine with these calamities to make things worse in India where 80 per cent of geographical area is vulnerable to cyclones, floods, tsunamis, droughts and earthquakes. Majority of our people are aware of neither the problem nor its solution. Integrated disaster management organization should be established so that affected villages or towns could be reached quickly for action.
Photography and debate competitions were organized to commemorate this day in which about 230 students from different schools participated.

 

Winners of Photography Competition


First Prize Winner
Dilpreet Kaur from Montessori Public School, Rayya
Second Prize Winner
Sumanpreet Kaur from BST, Sujokalia, Kapurthala  
Third Prize Winner
Rohit Bhatia from Guru Harkrishan Public School, RCF, Kapurthala

 

Winners of Debate Contest


First Prize Winner
Gagandeep Kaur from BST, Sujokalia
Second Prize Winner
Sunita from Government Senior Secondary School, Wadala Kalan
Third Prize Winner
Honey Grover from DAV Model High School, Kapurthala

 

 

 

ASTRONOMICAL TELESCOPE MAKING WORKSHOP
(05th TO 16th October 2015)

Pushpa Gujral Science City in collaboration with Vigyan Prasar, Noida organized a workshop on 'Astronomical Telescope Making' from 05-16 October, 2015. The objective of this workshop was to promote scientific hobby and developed skills related to Astronomy and Telescope Making.  The workshop was primarily aimed to attract professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts who would like to gain a firsthand experience in the nitty-gritty of telescope making under expert supervision under one roof.

A total of 15 teams from different states participated in the workshop. Each team fabricated its own five inch (5”) Dobsonian Telescopes. Eminent astronomers from various research institutions provided training to the participants on technique and know-how to prepare as well as use telescope, elementary astronomy & tips on astrophotography.

Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune & Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital were the other collaborating agencies involved in organizing the workshop as well as providing technical support.

 

The Participants enjoyed evening astronomy classes and night sky session during the workshop

 

 

CELEBRATION OF WORLD OZONE DAY AT SCIENCE CITY(September 17, 2015)

Science City celebrated “International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer” on September 17, 2015 in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI. Presiding over the occasion, Director, Science City said that due to fast depletion of stratospheric ozone layer stratosphere allows the harmful UV radiation to penetrate earth atmosphere and causes several direct and indirect harmful effects on human being as well as on other living beings. The most severe and serious effect of UV radiation on human being particularly the skin cancer. The other health disorders of UV radiation are cataract of eyes, mutations and loss of immunity. Further he said that, there is no second opinion that alleviation of public awareness on every aspect including environmental protection can gives wonderful results and translate the efforts of government and regulatory agencies for their success. The purpose of the celebration is to create public awareness about substances that play a significant role in the depletion of Ozone layer. On this occasion an expert  lecture was delivered by  Dr. S.S. Yadav, Scientist from  Department of Botany, MDU, Rohtak. Dr. Yadav said that, the Earth’s stratospheric ozone layer plays a crucial role in absorbing UV radiations emitted by the Sun. In the last thirty years, it has been discovered that stratospheric ozone is depleting due to action of man-made pollutants. Chlorofluorocarbon or CFC molecules are extremely stable. This prolonged life in the atmosphere allows them to reach great altitudes where photons are more energetic. When the CFCs come into contact with these high-energy photons their individual components are freed from the whole, leading to destruction of ozone. Dr. Yadav further mentioned that an international agreement known as Montreal Protocol was signed in 1987 to stop manufacture and use of ozone depleting substances like CFCs throughout the world.

 

On this occasion, various competitions were organized in which more than 200 students from schools all over Punjab participated.

 

Winners of Caption Contest


First Prize Winner
Bhawana from DAV Model School, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Neha from Prem Jot  Sr. Sec. School, Kapurthala 
Third Prize Winner
Navneet Kaur of Sacred Heart Public School, Jalandhar

 

Winners of Essay Writing Contest


First Prize Winner
Amandeep Kaur of Babe Ke Sr. Sec. School, Jalandhar 
Second Prize Winner
Vandana Sharma of BST Sr. Sec. School, Kapurthala 
Third Prize Winner
Baljeet Kaur of Guru Nanak Dev Academy, Kapurthala

 

 

SH. PARKASH SINGH BADAL, CM, PUNJAB FLAGS OFF MOBILE SCIENCE EXHIBITION BUS (09th September 2015)

The much awaited Mobile Science Exhibition Bus was flagged off by the Punjab Chief Minister Sh. Parkash Singh Badal on September 09, 2015 from his residence at Chandigarh. The bus has been started by Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, in collaboration with IK Gujral Punjab Technical University and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Over 3.50 lakh people visit Science City every year, whereas the total population of Punjab is 2 crore. The Science Express train initiated by the Government of India halts only at major stations depriving large number of rural population from the benefits of science and Technology. The idea of mobile science exhibition was, therefore, conceived to reach the unreached so as to inculcate scientific temper in the society in general and rural population in particular. This exhibition is expected to pull out the rural masses from the clutches of superstitions and motivate youth to take up careers in the field of science and technology.

 

Mobile science exhibition will take science to the doorsteps of rural population and spread the message of science to work towards sustainable development and expose them to some of the emerging and challenging issues”. He further emphasized that Science City through this program would extend outreach of its activities to that section of society who may not be able to afford a visit to the Science City. This program will enable to achieve our intended purpose of spreading scientific awareness to a larger section of the society. He further mentioned that Mobile Science Exhibition would cover all the blocks in 22 districts of the state. An amount of Rs. 65 lac approximately has been spent on this project. The Ministry of Science & Technology, GoI has sanctioned a grant of Rs.52 lacs to Pushpa Gujral Science City for this Mobile Science Exhibition as well as bear recurring expenditure for 2 years.

 

 

TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR NATURE GUIDE STUDENT VOLUNTEERS (31st August 2015)

Pushpa Gujral Science City in collaboration with Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Chandigarh organized a “Training workshop for nature guide volunteers” on August 31, 2015. The objective of this workshop was to impart training to student volunteers about the importance of wetlands and their conservation, identification of wetlands birds, animals and plants so that they work as nature guide to impart knowledge among the masses.


Presiding over the occasion, Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City emphasized that during the past two decades, rapid increase in population, urbanization, industrialization and agricultural practices have heavily polluted the surface water resources of Punjab, both in physicochemical and biological terms. He appealed to the participants to volunteer their services to spread awareness in the society about the importance of wetlands conservation.


The programme included expert lectures by Dr.Jagbir Singh, Professor and Head, Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala on faunal biodiversity, Dr. Adarsh Pal Vig, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar spoke on floral biodiversity and Ms. Gitanjali Kanwar, Senior Project Officer, WWF-India Harike Field Office, Tarn Taran talked about diversity in migratory birds in wetlands of Punjab. The programme concluded with plantation of saplings by the participants. About 100 students from different schools and colleges of various districts of Punjab participated in the training workshop.

 

 
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (05th June 2015)

Pushpa Gujral Science City has celebrated World Environment Day on June 5, 2015 to raise awareness among students and visitors for the conservation and management of earth’s environment resources. This year the theme for World Environment Day- 2015 was “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”.

 

Community involvement and awareness generation has been emphasized as necessary for sustainable management of earth’s environment resources. Today, our planet needs dedication and commitment to preserve and protect earth’s environment resources and each one of us can contribute towards conservation of environment resources. To celebrate World Environment Day, the Director and staff of PGSC along with 200 students from different schools planted saplings of shady trees in the newly demarcated  picnic area for visitors at Science City complex. A documentary show on global climate change was screened in the climate change theater for the participating students with an objective to disseminate information on potential impacts of climate change.

 

 

EARTHIAN ORIENTATION PROGRAMME (24th July 2015)

Pushpa Gujral Science City organized Earthian Orientation programme in collaboration with Punjab State Council for Science & Technology Chandiagrh and WIPRO on 24th July 2015. The programe was aimed to help schools and colleges prepare younger generation to understand environment challenges and build the knowledge skills and attitude needed to deal with these.

 

About 50 teachers from 22 districts of the state covered under NGC programme participated in the programme. During the event a technical presentation on earthian programme, its objectives was made by Sh. Ashish Shah from WIPRO. The participants were also provided with learning resource book on sustainability and water equipped with tools, detailed set of activities, case studies, data which can be utilized for participation in sustainability education program run by WIPRO. Under this program, 10 schools will be selected for a cash award of Rs 1,00,000/- based on the report submitted by student groups supervised by teachers on sustainability issues associated with water /biodiversity.

 

Participants were also taken for visit to Climate Change Theatre and various galleries at Science City after the Earthian Orientation Program.

 

 

CELEBRATION OF DIGITAL INDIA WEEK (1st July– 07th July 2015)

Pushpa Gujral Science City  celebrated Digital India week  from 1st July 2015 to 7th July 2015 by organizing various awareness programmes on  importance of digital technology for staff and visitors of Science City. During the digital week all PGSC employees were made aware about the importance and applications of numerous e –services like elockers, e-health etc. They were also made aware how to open an account as well as operate a digital locker. To spread the awareness about the usage of internet and prepare them to function in an increasingly inter-connected and rapidly changing globalized world, basic knowledge of computers was provided to all housekeeping, gardening and security staff of the Science City.


 A group quiz competition on digital world was  conducted in Science Explorium Hall for the visitors. Also, banners were  displayed in the campus to aware students and visitors regarding the significance of digital India week.

 

 

 

SUMMER CAMP AT SCIENCE CITY (25th May – 06th June 2015)

Pushpa Gujral Science City organized summer camp from 25th May to 6thJune 2015 at PGSC campus on Hands on activities in Mathematics, Model Rocketry, Basic Electronics and Nature camp for school students of 5th to 8th standard. The camp was an opportunity for the participants to introduce themselves with the exciting world of engineering, robotics and the art of observation in nature and help them break the boundaries of the routine and take a leap into the whole new world full of different perspective. The objective was to develop curiosity, increase self-confidence and interest of the students in science and provide hands-on laboratory experiments and demonstrations that are fun based learning.

 

A total of 105 students from Kapurthala District participated in the camp.  The salient feature of this camp included simplifying the complex concepts of science, develop and nurture Scientific Temper and skill development.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (May 22, 2015)

International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated at Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala on May 22, 2015. A state-level function was organized in collaboration with the Punjab Biodiversity Board (PBB), Chandigarh. Over 350 students and Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) members from different districts participated on the occasion.

 

Dr. Neelima Jerath, Member Secretary, Punjab Biodiversity Board, Chandigarh and Director General, Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala presided over the occasion. In her address to the participants, she said that India is the seventh largest country in the world and Asia’s second largest nation with an area of 3.29 million sq km. With only 2.5 per cent of the land area of the world, it accounts for 7.8 per cent of the global recorded species, especially because of its varied diverse climatic conditions and variety of habitats. The country is estimated to have 49,000 plant species and 81,000 animal species representing 12.5 per cent of the world’s flora and 6.6 per cent of its fauna. She further added that Punjab had a small area under forest cover (approx 6 %). The state was known to harbor great genetic variability. However, over the years it has reduced due to change in the cropping pattern and higher dependence on certain high-yielding varieties of crops. She briefed the participants about the importance of endemic flora and fauna. She further apprised them about various efforts being undertaken by the Punjab Biodiversity Board in conservation of biodiversity in the state. She informed  that 22 district-level Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) and 33 village-level Biodiversity Management Committees had been constituted by the PBB as per Section 41 of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002. She urged the district and village-level BMC members to act in accordance with the provisions of the Act for biodiversity conservation in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
 
A special exhibition on Biodiversity of Punjab was also set-up by the Punjab Biodiversity Board to create mass awareness. A game ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ specifically developed for awareness purposes to spread the message of conservation of biodiversity and sustainable utilization of natural resources, was also played by the students.

 

Winners of Science Play Competition


First Prize Winner
Pathseekers School, Beas
Second Prize Winner
Mandi Hardinganj School, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
DAV Model High School, Kapurthala

 

Winners of Painting


First Prize Winner
Nitesh Rai from Pathseekers School, Beas
Second Prize Winner
Harmanjot Singh from SPPS Convent School, Begowal
Third Prize Winner
Lakhbir Kaur from GGHS, Chochoki

 

 

WORLD EARTH DAY (April 22, 2015)

Science City celebrated World Earth Day on April 22, 2015 in collaboration with Punjab Pollution Control Board, Patiala. Over 500 school students from all over Punjab participated in debate and essay writing competition during the occasion.

 

In his address to the participants on this occasion Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City said that every year, April 22 is celebrated as "Earth Day" to increase public awareness on the environment. Earth day should be used as a powerful catalyst to involve people in making a difference towards a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future. The celebration reminds us to protect the Mother Earth in every possible ways. He asserted that if we all put our best foot forward to stop the rampant global warming, we can expect certain rewards in the future. There are solutions to global warming available today and its time we put them to use. These solutions will reduce the amount of heat-trapping gases that we emit into the atmosphere. 

 

Sh. R.K. Luna, IFS, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Retired), Govt. of Punjab shared his valuable views on the occasion. He emphasized that burning of fossil fuels for advanced technological development purposes is disrupting the natural balance of the atmospheric gases, creating ozone holes and bringing about the temperature and rainfall changes having larger consequences. The climate change has the potential risk to change the food production over most parts of the world and can effect industrial production processes as well. By unprecedented scale of exploitation of groundwater we are jeopardizing the reserves of groundwater and amending the flow of rivers and bringing oceanic changes. By cutting the forests especially in the tropics, we are losing the endless variety of biodiversity and forests.

 

Winners of Debate Competition


First Prize Winner
Arshiya from Bawa Lalvani Public School, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Gagandeep from BST School, Sujokalia, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
Hima Sethi from DAV School, Kapurthala

 

Winners of Essay Writing Contest


First Prize Winner
Sohibdeep Kaur from SPPS Convent School, Begowal
Second Prize Winner
Chelsea Vohra from DIPS, Dhilwan
Third Prize Winner
Radhima from Sanskriti KMV School Jalandhar

 

 

VISIT OF HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT OF MAURITIUS (April 14, 2015)

His Excellency President of Mauritius Rajkeswur Purryag accompanied by First Lady of Mauritius visited Puspha Gujral Science City on 14.04.2015. He visited various scientific galleries and also looked at the existing facilities at Science City.

 

He interacted with media persons and expressed that he was quite impressed to see the facilities and it was a life-time experience to see such a big accumulation of science and knowledge at a single place.

 

He emphasized that every country must have such places to encourage students to study science. He further expressed that given an opportunity he would like to visit again.

 

 

WORLD WATER DAY Cum FLOWER SHOW (March 22, 2015)

Science City organized World Water Day Cum Flower Show in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences and Punjab Biodiversity Board on March 22, 2015. The objective of the programme was to raise awareness among students and visitors for the conservation and sustainable management of water resources and to celebrate floral biodiversity of the Region. More than 600 participants participated in the event.

 

Sh. DS Mangat, Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala presided over on this occasion. In his address to the participants, he said that this event will not only provide an opportunity to connect Society with Science City but also inspire them about the importance of growing flowers and conservation of environment. Further, he said that this event will promote a healthy spirit of competition and facilitate to increase knowledge about floral biodiversity.

 

Dr. Neelima Jerath, Director General, Science City while speaking on the occasion said that the flowers are the finest gift to the mankind. Flowers are an expression of nature’s beauty and a source of inspiration and joy. Studies indicate that the State of Punjab harbours about 2000 species of flowering plants (angiosperms) in the wild, besides a large number of species and varieties of floricultural and horticultural importance. This event will provide an opportunity to the visitors to enjoy the spring season in its full grandeur and diversity and to appreciate the variety in nature. 

 

A special exhibition was also set up at this occasion by the Environment Information Centre, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology and Punjab Biodiversity Board to provide information to the public on this important gene pool.

Sh. Mohammad Ishthaq, Executive Engineer, Public Health delivered an inspiring talk on water conservation. He emphasized on conservation of water resources and said that over the years rising populations, growing industrialization, and expanding agriculture have pushed up the demand for water. Further, he highlighted that water conservation did not mean holding it or not using it but it should be judiciously used by making proper plans else the future generation would have to suffer.

 

The following competitions/activities were organized to commemorate the occasion


Winners of Painting Competition 


First Prize Winner
Radhika Sharma from KV School, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Gurpreet Singh from Sanskriti KMV School Jalandhar
Third Prize Winner
Shruti Kayshap from Bawa Lalwani School, Kapurthala

Winner of Debate Contest 
Prabhjot Kaur of SPS Convent School, Begowal

 

Winners of Flower Show Competitions

 

a. Potted Flower
Individual Category
First prize: Usha Rani
Second prize: Baljit Singh
Third prize: Pryanka Bhargwa

b. Flower Photography
Individual Category 
First prize: Manjit Kaur
Second prize: Harpreet Kaur
Third prize: Amandeep Kaur
Institutional Category
First prize: RCF, Kapurthala
Second prize: NFCI, Jalandhar
Third prize: SPS Convent School, Begowal

 

c. Fresh Flower Arrangement
Individual Category
First prize:  Jasbir
Second prize: Shayna
Third prize: Ravita
Institutional Category
First prize: Hindu Kanya College Kapurthala
Second prize: DIPS Nurmahal
Third prize:  Bawa Lalwani Public School, Kapurthala

 

d. Dry Flower Arrangement
Individual Category
First prize: Ankush Kumar
Second prize: Manpreet Kaur
Third prize:  Heena Gandhi
Institutional Category
First prize: Sanskriti KMV, Jalandhar
Second prize: SPS, Begowal
Third prize:  NFCI, Jalandhar

 

CELEBRATION OF 10th ANNUAL DAY Cum INNOTECH-2015 (March 18-20, 2015)

Pushpa Gujral Science City (PGSC) in collaboration with Punjab Technical University celebrated INNO-TECH-2015 from March 18-20, 2015to provide a platform to the students of technical Institutes to display their innovative creations and ideas. The day also marked the celebration of 10th Anniversary of Science City since its opening to the public in March 2005.

Inno-tech 2015 provided an opportunity for the students to showcase their talent and vision. It is intended to encourage love for Science among the youth through enquiry-based learning and to convert their imaginative ideas into real life models/ projects and several other creative and skill enhancing activities.

Science City celebrated this festival through display of projects/ models, Science/Technology Fiction Contest and Quiz Competitions aimed to inculcate scientific aptitude and temperament, among the masses, especially in youth mind. About 900 students from different professional colleges participated in various events.

Students participated in following four categories:-

Category I:         Engineering College students
Category II:         Polytechnic College students
Category III:         Industrial Training Institutes students.
Category IV:         Post Graduate students and Teachers

Dr. R Saha ,Former Director, Technology Information and Forecasting Assessment Council, New Delhi was the chief guest and Dr. Yogendra Yadav Director NIRE and Dr. A P Singh Dean PTU were the Guest of Honor on this occasion . Dr. Neelima Jerath, DG, PGSC presided over the function. In his address to the students, Dr. Saha  appreciated the initiatives of Science City, Kapurthala in promoting creativity and innovation. He further said that such programmes encourage competitiveness and entrepreneurship among young students and motivate them to take up careers in science and technology.

Dr.Neelima Jerath  in her address appreciated the innovative projects and models of the participants. She assured that science city will keep on providing such platform to the youth in future also. Dr. Jerath thanked the public of the region for their overwhelming response as more than 31 lakh visitors have visited the Science City. 

A team of Technopreneur Promotion Programme Outreach Centre, Chandigarh made a presentation on this occasion highlighting various facilities and financial support available for innovative models, providing an opportunity to the participants to further develop their models / ideas.


Cash Prizes ranging from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 25,000 were awarded to the winners and certificates were awarded to all participants.

 

Details of the Winners in Inno-tech 2015

 

 

NATIONAL SCIENCE DAY (February 28, 2015)

Science City celebrated National Science Day in collaboration with Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh on February 28, 2015. The day was celebrated to mark the conferring of Noble Prize to Dr.C.V. Raman for his great contribution in understanding the scattering of light on interaction with solids showing polarization. Science City celebrated this occasion through variety of activities and programmes aimed on focusing student’s attention on role of Science in Nation Building. More than 300 students from different schools participated during the occasion.


Dr. Neelam Gulati, Director (POS), Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Chandigarh was the Chief Guest on this occasion who delivered an inspiring talk. She emphasized that in order to build a nation, one needs to inculcate scientific temper at the individual, village, block, district and finally state level. She said that we live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology and cannot afford that its people hardly know anything about it. She mentioned that GOI as well as State Governments are taking up steps through their various schemes to popularize science and technology in the State.

 

Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City while presiding over on this occasion, in his address to the participants emphasized on the need to set up Innovation Clubs in schools where students should be encouraged to think out of box and undertake innovative ideas/projects to solve problems in their real life or society based needs which will bring joy of learning and simultaneously play an important role in fostering culture of creativity and innovation in the country. In this context, he invited talented students to pursue their innovative ideas in various scientific research areas under Regional Innovation Hub set up at Science City and also mentioned various facilities being offered under the said GOI sponsored scheme.

 

Winners of Painting Competition


First Prize Winner
Inderpreet Singh, SPPS Convent School, Begowal, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Alkita Duggal, Sanskriti KMV School, Jalandhar
Third Prize Winner
Akashdeep of Evergreen Day Boarding School, Kapurthala

 

Winners of Caption Contest


First Prize Winner
Baljinder Kaur,Guru Hargobind Public School, Nadala 
Second Prize Winner
Harsimran kaur, Christ Jyoti Convent School, Sultanpur
Third Prize Winner
Harmanjot singh,  Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, RCF, Kapurthala

 

 

CELEBRATION OF WORLD WETLANDS DAY (February 02, 2015)

Science City celebrated World Wetlands Day on February 02, 2015 in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi and Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh involving participation by large number of students in different competitions.

 

Presiding over the occasion, Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City expressed his concern on fast extinction of forest and wetlands and their rich biodiversity which play an important role to balance the environment. He apprised about the efforts being made by PGSC to bring awareness in this direction. He also informed about diorama on wetland being set up at Science City shortly in collaboration with PSCST to bring awareness in the society about wetlands, their biodiversity and importance.

 

Ms. Geetanjali Kanwar, Senior Project Officer, WWF from Hari Ke Pattan provided detailed information in her presentation on migratory birds and their conservation. She informed that fresh water Dolphins are only found in India and Pakistan and these dolphins are only available in Beas and Hari Ke Pattan wetand in India.

 

Dr. SK Saxena, Principal Scientific Officer from Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh shared his valuable views related to wetlands in Punjab on the occasion. He also informed about various proactive measures being taken by PSCST with the help of Ministry of Environment and Forest viz. organic farming, weed control etc. to conserve the wetlands of Punjab.

 

Dr Saroj Arora, Professor, Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, shared her views on wetland and their importance in our daily life.

 

Over 300 school students participated from all over Punjab in the photography and poster making competitions organized at Science City on the occasion.

 

 

Winners of Painting Competition
First Prize Winner
Kanwarpreet Singh of DAV Model High School, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Sandeep Kaur of Sant Prampal Singh Convent School, Begowal
Third Prize Winner
Ramanjot Kaur of Indian Public School, Kapurthala

 

Winners of Photography Contest
First Prize Winner
Samarth of Anand KMV School, Jalandhar
Second Prize Winner
Navdeep Kaur of  Sahibzada Zarowar Singh Public School, Nadala
Third Prize Winner
Supanpreet Kaur of  Evergreen Day Boarding School, Khassan

 

STATE LEVEL SCIENCE AND MATH OLYMPIAD (January 23, 2015)

With the motive of inculcating scientific temper among students of Govt. Schools, Punjab School Education Department, Punjab organized State level Math & Science Olympiad at  Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala. This programme was jointly organised by the Department of School Education, Punjab, and the Science city. About 700 students from various schools participated in the competition.

 

Hon’able Education Minister Punjab, Sh. Daljit Singh Cheema was the chief guest on the occasion. He said “Science and technology is playing a vital role in the socio-economic development of India. Punjab specially needs to exploit the potential of science and technology for solving its problems related with drinking water, pollution control, improvement in healthcare services and solving the unemployment problem by industrialisation of the state.”

 

KAP Sinha, Secretary, Science and Technology, Punjab, appreciated the role of the science city in promoting scientific temper, creativity and innovation among the youth on this occasion.

 

Principal Secretary, School Education, Punjab, C Rahul and DGSE, School Education Punjab, Pardeep Kumar Agarwal,were also present on this occasion.

 

Dr. Neelima Jerath Director General Science City in her address said that efforts are being made to upgrade Science City to an international level.

 

Class VI: Jatinder Singh from Government Middle School, Thikrian, Fathegarh Sahib, got the first prize, Amandeep Singh from Government High School, Kalitra, won the second prize, Satnam Singh from Government High School, Fathegarh Sahib, won the third prize. Besides, four consolation prizes were also given.

 

Class VIII: Karnvir Singh from Government High School, Hargobind, Gurdaspur, won the first prize, Sandeep Kaur from Government High School, Chanian Khurd, Ropar, won the second prize and Deepak from Government High School, Chack Prema, Kapurthala, got the third prize.

 
GYAN MANTHAN- DISTRICT LEVEL ROBOTICS CHAMPIONSHIP (January 20, 2015)

 

Pushpa Gujral Science City in collaboration with College of Engineering and Management (CEM), Kapurthala organized “Gyan Manthan 2015 – A district level Robotics Championship” on 20th January 2015.

 

This event was organized in three stages . Stage 1 Comprised Robotics workshop round which was held in 180+ schools wherein approx. 6,000 students participated. This workshop has made students learn, study and think how such machines (Robot) are useful and how one can work with them. Stage 2 Comprised Preliminary and Semi-Final Round involved visit of Expert Committee to schools to evaluate models prepared by participating teams based on their learning in preliminary round for their participation in Semi-Final Round on 16th and 17th of January. 42 School Teams out of 180+ were nominated for the semi-final round. Further, these models were reviewed and judged by the experts and 15 Models for Final Round were selected. Stage 3 Comprising Championship Round was held at Science City where in selected 15 schools participated and teams from these schools showcased their projects designed by them. All the participating teams were given a Robotics Kit Free of Cost to motivate them to come out with innovative idea and make projects on the same with the help of their teachers.

 

S.M.S GOVT. SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, TUR (TARN TARAN) team won the championship. Winner team was awarded with “Champions Trophy” and Cash Prize of Rs. 10,000 by Director, PGSC and MD, CEM.

 

The winners were awarded with cash prizes and trophies by the chief guest.

 
ALL BREED OPEN DOG SHOW (January 18, 2015)

Pushpa Gujral Science City Kapurthala Organized an ALL Breed Open Dog show on 18th January 2015 with an objective to create awareness amongst society about domesticated biodiversity with a focus on salient features of various breeds of dogs.

 

Exhibitors from all over Punjab participated in the dog show. Mr.Sumant Tuteja & Mr Mohinderpal Singh Mokha were the judges for the event.

 

H.H.Brigadier Sh. Sukhjit Singh ji & Ms C M Fredrick were Chief Guest on this occasion.

 

The winners were awarded with cash prizes and trophies by the Chief Guest.

 

AWARENESS PROGRAMME ON NATIONAL POLLUTION CONTROL DAY (December 03, 2014)

Pushpa Gujral Science City in collaboration with Punjab Pollution Control Board organized awareness programme on National Pollution Control Day on December 03, 2014to commemorate worst commercial industrial disaster in history “Bhopal Tragedy Day”. Bhopal Disaster killed thousands of people in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in 1984, following the accidental release of 40 tonnes of Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) from Union Carbide Chemical Plant located in the heart of the city of Bhopal.


Dr. Charanjit Singh, Deputy Director (PR), Punjab Pollution Control Board, Patiala  presided over on this occasion. Dr.Charanjit referred to the Bhopal gas tragedy as one of the worst industrial disaster that had happened in the world bringing into sharp focus the need to adopt preventive measures to obviate such disaster in future.

 

Dr. Satnam Singh Ladhar, Additional Director (Environment), Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh delivered an expert lecture on environment pollution due to stubble burning. In his address Dr. Ladhar said that ongoing trend of setting the wheat/paddy straw on fire after harvesting the crops not only cause air pollution but also affects adversely the fertility of the soil. Dr. Ladhar said that paddy was cultivated in 2.8 million hectares in the state resulting in generation of about 20 million tonnes of paddy straw. Except for ‘basmati’ rice which was generally harvested manually and straw there of was used as cattle feed and rope making. Other varieties of paddy are harvested mechanically, leaving considerable stubble in the field which is burnt by farmers to prepare their farms for sowing of next Rabi crop. He emphasized on diversification of cropping pattern, reduce the area under paddy cultivation as some of the viable solutions. He also apprised participants about the loss of various nutrients level due to burning of the paddy straw. About 300 students from different schools participated during the occasion.Sh. BS Bhalla, Senior Scientific Officer, Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala proposed vote of thanks on this ocassion.

 

A variety of activities and programmes to raise awareness among masses on environmental pollution were organized at Science City

 

  • Expert Lecture by Dr. SS Ladhar, Additional Director (Environment), Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh on environment pollution due to stubble burning.
  • Painting competition
  • Project/Model display competition
  • Caption contest
  • Documentary show
  • Plantation
  • Informative brochures were distributed among the students, visitors and general public to raise awareness about worst commercial industrial disaster in history (Bhopal Gas Tragedy).  

   
Winners of Painting competition
 
First Prize Winner
Jaskiran Singh of Christ King Convent School, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner

Mega of D.D. International Public School, Amritsar 
Third Prize Winner

Anmol Preet kaur of DIPS Dhilwan
1st Consolation Prize Winner
Simran Rai of UPSC Jain, Ludhiana
2nd Consolation Prize Winner
Satwinder of DIPS, Begowal
    
Winners of Project/Model display competition
            
First Prize Winner

Harman Preet Singh Shri Guru Harkrishan School, RCF, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Anirudh and Uday of D.D. International Public School, Amritsar 
Third Prize Winner
Rishab of Eklavaya School, Jalandhar
1st Consolation Prize Winner
Ravneet Kaur of Merry Gold, Batala
2nd Consolation Prize Winner
Gurleen Kaur and Amritpal Singh of Christ Jyoti, Sultanpur
     
Winners of Caption contest 


First Prize Winner
Gurleen Kaur of DIPS, Mehta Chowk, Amritsar
Second Prize Winner
Harjot Singh of Bawa Lalwani Public School, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
Prakriti of UPSC Jain, Ludhiana
1st Consolation Prize Winner
Prabhjot Kaur of Shri Guru Hargobind School, Nadala
2nd Consolation Prize Winner
Zaheer Alam of Mandi Hardiganj School, Kapurthala

 

STATE LEVEL QUIZ COMPETITION (November 25, 2014)

With the motive of inculcating scientific temper among students of Govt. Schools, Punjab School Education Department, Punjab organized State level Quiz competition at  Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala.

 

Sh. D.S Mangat Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala was the chief guest on the occasion.

 

During the competition first Prize was achieved by Ludhiana, Kapurthala stood second, Hoshiarpur clinched the third prize and fourth prize goes to Patiala. Near about five hundred students participated on this occasion.  

 

Dr Ganguly, Director, Institute of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology delivered talk on career options in Nanotechnology. Dr Ganguly further threw light on wide applications of Nanotechnologies in areas ranging from Agriculture, Medicine to Energy and Environment.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR REDUCTION OF NATURAL DISASTER (October 13, 2014)

Pushpa Gujral Science City in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences celebrated International day for Reduction of Natural Disaster on October 13, 2014. Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, PGSC during his address to the participants said that advanced warning signals and disaster preparedness to manage natural disasters can at least reduce damage to much extent. Training of local people in the disaster prone areas can better help to mobilize resources and reduce the ill effects of disaster. He further said that Floods, droughts, landslides, cyclones  are noticeably on the rise, affecting more communities than ever due to human activities that increase vulnerability and change the natural balance of ecosystems. This is why disaster reduction needs to be successfully incorporated into the broader goals of sustainable development to enable the building of disaster durable communities.

 

Er. Baldev Singh Bhulana, AES (Retd.) delivered an expert lecture on snake bite on this occasion. He said that the most important thing to do for a snake bite victim is to get him or her emergency medical help as soon as possible. A doctor will evaluate the victim to decide on a specific course of treatment. In some cases, a bite from a venomous snake could be life-threatening.  He emphasized on treatment of snake bite by herb Andrgraphics paniculata commonly named as Kirayat or Kalmegh it is one of the most bitter plants that are used in traditional as well as in tribal medicine in India and some other countries for multiple clinical applications .

On this occasion, various competitions were organized in which more than 300 students from schools all over Punjab participated. The winners of the various competitions were given cash prizes and certificates.


Winners of Painting Competition
First Prize Winner
Suman Thind, Christ Jyoti Convent School, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Disha Sharma of Sant Pranpal Singh Convent School, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
Kamaljit Kaur of Govt girls High School, Phagwara

Winners of Caption Contest
First Prize Winner
Harsimran Singh of Christ King Convent Sen Sec School, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Rajbir Kaur of Guru Hargobind Public School, Nadala

 

 

CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP ON IMPORTANCE OF WETLANDS AND THEIR CONSERVATION (September 11, 2014)

Pushpa Gujral Science City in collaboration with Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh organized a workshop on “Capacity building workshop on importance of wetlands and their conservation” on September 11, 2014. Dr. R. Grover, Director, PGSC gave an overview of the workshop and while emphasizing upon the conservation of wetlands said that 1/3 of Indian wetlands and 1/2 of forest area have already disappeared. Around 70% of wetlands are polluted leading to the destruction of thousands of species of birds and plants.

 

The workshop included lectures by Dr. Lakhbir Singh on Community Participation in wetland conservation, Wetland conservation measures in Punjab by Dr. S.K. Saxena, Principal Scientific officer, PSCST and Ms. Nitima Bhatia from PSCST, Chandigarh who spoke on Migratory birds in Punjab Wetlands. A Demonstration of water sampling and testing was also given during the workshop using a water testing kit. This was followed by a special show on climate change and visit to Science city’s Herbal garden. The participants were also taken to Kanjli Wetland where officials of Department of Forests & Wildlife, Punjab gave valuable information about the biodiversity on this wetland. The programme concluded with plantation of saplings by the teachers along the wetland. The workshop was attended by 46 school teachers from different districts of Punjab.

 

ORIENTATION WORKSHOP ON MICROORGANISMS (August 28-29, 2014)

Pushpa Gujral Science City Kapurthala organized two days Orientation workshop on Microorganisms on 28th & 29th August, 2014 which was Catalyzed & Supported by National Council of Science & Technology Communications (NCSTC), Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. New Delhi. The workshop was organized with an objective to create better understanding & effective awareness among students about the role of microorganisms and make them learn how these tiny organisms are indispensable to our day to day life as well as to motivate them to pursue their career in the field of microbiology.

 

Dr. S.K Soni, Professor (Microbiology) Punjab University, Chandigarh & Dr. Raman Soni (Asstt. Prof.) were the resource persons during this workshop. A total of 52 participants (33 students and 19 teachers) participated in this workshop from Malwa region of Punjab comprising Bathinda, Barnala, Sangrur, Faridkot, Ferozpur, Moga, Abohar, Muktsar and Mansa districts. A number of practical sessions and hand on activities were demonstrated on handling of microorganisms by the participants. Study material including a CD to conduct experiments on Microorganisms was also distributed among the participants of the workshop. The workshop helped participants to better understand the role of microorganisms in various fields and also made them aware about the career prospects in the field of microbiology.

 

 

CELEBRATION OF VAN MAHOTSAVA- 2014 (June 28, 2014)

Van Mahotsava is celebrated as a festival of life. The name Van Mahotsava means "the festival of trees". This is a week long festival of tree planting organized every year in the month of July, across India when millions of trees are planted. It helps spread awareness amongst people about the harm caused by the cutting down of trees, as trees are one of the best ways to prevent global warming and reduce pollution. Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated Van Mahotsav to bring awareness among students and visitors about forest conservation and sustainable management of forest resources. Saplings of shady trees were planted in the Science City complex on this occasion.

 

 

CELEBRATION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (June 05, 2014)

Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated World Environment Day in collaboration with the Punjab Pollution Control Board on June 5, 2014 involving participation by large number of students in different competitions with an objective to raise awareness amongst students and different segments of the society to protect our environment. The function was presided over by environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal. Speaking on the occasion, he emphasized on water scarcity and expressed concern about depleting ground water level. He stressed that if the water is used to recharge the ground water properly, water could be preserved for the future generations. He also emphasized on the need to maintain a balance between industrial development and environment.

 

Dr. Neelima Jerath, Director General, Science City highlighted the dangers associated with the Climate Change and emphasized on adoption of mitigation measures to combat climate change. Padma Shri Baba Sewa Singh during his address on this occasion stressed to keep surroundings clean and follow the message of Gurus. Sh. S.P Singh, Senior Journalist, Zee TV, delivered an invited talk on this occasion with focus on theme of World Environment Day. On this occasion, various competitions were organized in which about 200 students from different schools and 150 representatives from different industries participated. A play on Environmental Conservation was also presented by students of Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Chohal, Hoshiarpur.

 

Winners of Painting Competition 

     

First Prize Winner
Suman Kumari from Mandi Harding Ganj Girls High School, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Simranjit Kaur from Guru Hargobind Public School, Nadala, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
Rajat from DIPS, Suranussi, Jalandhar

 

Winners of Caption Contest 

       

First Prize Winner
Harsimran Kaur from Guru Hargobind Public School, Nadala, Kapurthala
Second Prize Winner
Simranjit Kaur from MJHM Public school, Hamira
Third Prize Winner
Harpreet Kaur from Guru Hargobind Public School, Nadala, Kapurthala

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DAY (May 21, 2014)

Pushpa Gujral Science City in collaboration with Punjab Biodiversity Board celebrated International Biodiversity Day to bring awareness among students and visitors for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity resources. Prof. Jagbir Singh, Head, Dept of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala, delivered an invited talk on this occasion. He expressed his concern about serious threats to Satluj River, Harike wetland, Kali and Chitti Baeni being major sources of biodiversity in Punjab owing to  flow  of polluted water from Nangal factory and many other industries. Further, he emphasized  that The biodiversity of both animal and plant species are core to the survival of life; yet many of the world’s biodiversity has already destroyed or facing extinction. 

 

Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, PGSC presided over on this occasion. In his address to the participants, Dr. Grover stated that biodiversity is a wealth to which no value can be put. India, a mega diverse nation, is one of the richest nations in terms of biological diversity. Biodiversity is fundamental for the existence of life on earth and the importance of it cannot be underestimated. Biodiversity need to be protected in order to preserve the quality of life on earth; many plants and animals have already become extinct through human actions. He further said that the ongoing trend of setting the wheat/paddy straw on fire after harvesting the crops not only causes air pollution, but also affects adversely the fertility of the soil posing health hazards majorly eliminating rare and native species of animals and plants from their foot holds. It was the call of the day to save and protect rare species in the fields of Punjab. On this occasion, various competitions were organized in which more than 300 students from schools all over Punjab participated.

 

Winners of Painting Competition       

  

First Prize Winner
Krishan Gopal Singh of DIPS Surranassi, Jalandhar
Second Prize Winner
Prabhleen Kaur of Guru Harikrishan Public School R.C.F, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
Priya Arora of G.B. Public School, Nurmahal, Jalandhar

 

 

 

WORKSHOP ON ROCKETRY SCIENCE (May 13-15, 2014)

A three days Model Rocketry Workshop catalyzed and supported by National Council of Science, Technology, Communications, New Delhi  was conducted at Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kaputhala from May 13 to15, 2014. The workshop was organized with an aim to make students understand basic principles, develop experimental skills and instill creativity and innovation in an informal way. The workshop also intended to update participants about various aspects of Rocket Science including demonstration on process of making model rockets. About 40 participants from various districts of Punjab learnt to make single and double stage rockets and launch them in the air. Above all, it was an opportunity for the participants to learn the importance of accuracy while designing a machine and develop team spirit.

 

Mr. M.P. Deomurari, former scientist of Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad and   Neel Shah from Model Rocketry Club, Ahmedabad gave valuable tips to the participants for making the model of Rockets. More than 40 students belonging to standard of XI and XII from all over Punjab participated in this workshop. Dr. R.S. Khandpur, Director General, PGSC was the Chief Guest on this occasion and in his valedictory address said that this workshop is an opportunity for the participants to think out of box and learn away from their text books while having fun and enjoyment.

 

WORLD EARTH DAY (April 22, 2014)

Pushpa Gujral Science City in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences celebrated World Earth Day on April 22, 2014 to raise awareness among students and visitors for the conservation and management of earth resources. Dr. Jimmy Kansal, Deputy Director, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), Chandigarh, delivered an invited talk on Unmanned autonomous system for snow-geo-intelligence, earth observations and situation awareness on this occasion. Dr. Kansal said that unmanned air vehicle (UAV) technology developed by the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) has made possible the mapping and metrological data analyses of high altitude snow-capped Himalayan Mountains.


Dr. R.S Khandpur, Director General, PGSC presided over on this occasion. In his address  to the participants, Dr. Khandpur said that earth day should be used as a powerful catalyst to involve people in making a difference towards a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future. He emphasized on the importance of celebrating this day and need to stop the rampant global warming to protect the Mother Earth in every possible way. Dr. Khandpur further stressed that natural resources, including water and energy, should be used in a way that our next generation can get benefit out of it.


On this occasion, various competitions were organized in which more than 300 students from schools all over Punjab participated. The winners of the various competitions were given cash prizes and certificates.


Winners of Painting Competition


First Prize Winner
Kishan Gopal Singh of DIPS, Suranassi
Second Prize Winner
Priyanka of  Kamla Nehru Public School, Phagwara
Third Prize Winner
Rakshveer of Himalayan Holy faith Public School, Shimla

 

Winners of Science Drama Competition
First Prize Winner
Gaurav Preet of Shiv Jyoti Public School, Jalandhar
Second Prize Winner
Shalini Jain of Swami Sant Dass Public School, Phagwara
Third Prize Winner
Rajwinder Kaur of Indian Public School, Kapurthala


Winners of Photography Competition

First Prize Winner
Diksha of Kamla Nehru Public School, Phagwara
Second Prize Winner
Zaheer Alam of Mandi Harding Ganj Girls High School, Kapurthala
Third Prize Winner
Jasdeep Singh of Anand Public School, Kapurthala

 

 



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