Amity University Madhya Pradesh Organized INSPIRE Internship Programme - 2016

Day-1:  18 January 2016

Amity School of Technology organized ‘Inspire Internship Program 2016’ in association with the Department of Science and Technology from 18th January 2016 to 22nd January 2016. This 5-day workshop brought some of the most celebrated names of science domain from all over the country under one roof with the aim of igniting interest among young minds in the sciences and to persuade them to take up fundamental science as their career. This program targeted students of 11th and 12th pursuing science stream,specifically selected on the basis of their 10th Board merit.Complying to the specified criteria, about 200 students from all the leading schools of Gwalior participated in the event.

The event was initiated with the of the ceremonial lamp by the dignitaries. The gathering was addressed by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of AUMP Lt. Gen. V.K.Sharma AVSM (Retd.) who extended his warm welcome to the guests and the students. Throwing light on the objective of the ‘Inspire Internship Program’,he said that it intends to promote scientific research and make students aware of the current developments in the field. Talking about research as a career,he said that this field requires dedicated people who have unconventional thinking. ‘Lack of proper documentation and methodological knowledge is where Indians fall short of in making a place in the research field’, he added. He enumerated prominent examples of Indian contribution to the various scientific disciplines that brought renaissance to science world. Dr. R.K. Sharma,Professor of Mathematics at IIT New Delhi, Dr. D.H. Dethe, Professor of Chemistry at IIT Kanpur and Deb Mihir, Professor in the Department of Geology and Director EVS Chatra Marg New Delhi, were the Guests of Honours for the day-one of the event. The first day of the event started with the welcome of the participants in the AUMP campus followed by their registration for the program.

Dr.R.K. Sharma took up the dais to enlighten the students on the application of mathematics in daily life. When related ‘Research’ with ‘Richness’ and explained how mathematics is recognized to be the top of all the sciences. He made the session very interesting and engrossing with puzzles and taught the technique of secret message coding through Caesar cipher. He demonstrated the magic of numbers with tricky numeric games.

Dr.D.H. Dethe highlighted the importance and application of chemistry in daily life; starting from the basic necessity as toothpaste to sugars and body fluids, chemistry is omnipresent. He emphasized on the vitality of chemical compound in each and every sphere of life. Expressing on his view on research as a career, he said, ‘Research is a field where you can do what you want and you get paid for that. No other career option can give you such a luxury.’

In the post- lunch session, Professor Deb Mihir made a visual presentation on Earth System Science. He elucidated the concepts of lithosphere, hydrosphere,atmosphere and biosphere and explained the interrelationship between human beings and the environment. He brushed up various basic concepts of geology and proposed to make it a part of school curriculum like various other science disciplines. He put forward various intriguing facts about planets, volcanoes and climate change.The guests were presented with the token of remembrance.

Day-2: 19 January 2016

The second phase of the workshop was with enriched discussions on some of the most burning topics of the science world by experts of the respective fields. Dr.S.P. Bajpai (Dean Research, AUMP), Dr. Lokendra Singh (Director of DRDE, Gwalior), Dr. M.P. Kaushik (Pro Vice Chancellor, AUMP) and the Bhatnagar Awardee Dr. Mitali Mukerji (Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology, New Delhi) were the main speakers for the day.

Dr.S.P. Bajpai took an informative session on Sustainable Development, explaining its crucial value in today’s era. He discussed the timeline of origin of life,formation of environment and its components. Showing his concern about environmental degradation, he put up statistics and data in front of the students showing the drastic raise in atmospheric carbon in just 65 years. He discussed alarming issues of disturbance of environment constants and temperature change resulting due to excessive industrialization. ‘History is evident of mass destruction whenever there is a rise in carbon dioxide content above 1000 ppm. Now we are proceeding towards the same state’, he said. He gave a pictorial presentation of the destruction and degradation caused to natural resources by human activity. Citing the solution to the issue, he explained the technologies developed to conserve the environment and the preventive measure to check pollution and degradation. He resolved the queries of the students related to the topic.

Dr. Lokendra Singh enlightened the students on the ‘Importance of Bio- digester in the Swachchh Bharat Mission’. He emphasized on the problems of sanitation and proper disposal of waste in India. Asserting the grave status of the issue he stated that about 60% of Indian homes lack proper sanitation facilities. As a remedy to the problem, he explained the mechanism and working of abio- digester, of how it has proved to be an efficient system for sanitation management and disposal. He shared success stories of establishment of bio-digester in far flung regions of the country like Siachin glacier, Leh and Ladakh to resolve the problem of waste management. He stressed upon the need for effective sanitation system for a cleaner environment and improvised health.

Dr.M.P. Kaushik greeted the students in the post lunch session with an interesting presentation on ‘Science: The source of strength.’ On the application of science in our life, he quoted, “Science in our life is multifarious.” Ranging from the products of daily use to the life saving drugs; be it the warfare resources or the technological development, he gave numerous examples of boons of science. Explaining the crucial connection of science, he established relationship between diverse disciplines of science like physics, biology,environmental science, genomics etc, putting Chemistry as the central core of the connection. He encouraged the students for research in basic sciences as this career option provides scope for bright future along with room for invention and innovation. ‘Basic sciences offer ideas, innovation and creativity. It has an enormous future; all we need is awareness’, he said while interacting with the students. 

The workshop was carried forward by Dr. Mitali Mukerji where she gave the students a sneak-peek into the fascinating world of genomes. She said that genomics as a subject has the capacity to trace answer to many mysteries of Nature related to evolution, human behavior, animal diversity and life mechanism. She explained the procedure of DNA isolation that has been successfully used to identify the genetic markup of human and construct ‘The book of Life’. She elucidated the role of DNA in determining the physical and biological composition of living beings and how a small amount of DNA alteration can affect skin pigmentation or even Sickle Cell Anemia. ‘Genomics is the evidence for evolution which tell show humans and chimpanzees are related’, she added. She even gave relevant correlation between Ayurveda and Genomics and clarified certain prominent concepts from ancient Indian medicine history that are being utilized in the modern era under the ‘Old is the new NEW’ concept. At the end of the lecture,students got their queries answered related to the topic. 

The speakers were presented with the Memento of Gratitude before the conclusion of the IInd day of ‘Inspire Internship Program 2016’.

Day-3 : 20 January 2016

The third day of the ‘Inspire Internship Program 2016’ started with yet another series of interesting activities lined up for the students. The schedule for the day comprised a written screening test for the quiz competition organized for the students, followed by engrossing lectures by Dr. Uppeandra Dhar (Hamdard University, New Delhi), Dr. Ashok Kumar Ganguli (Department of Chemistry, IIT New Delhi ) and an expedition to Defense Research and Development Establishment (DRDE) research lab, Gwalior.

The initial hour of the day was scheduled for a written quiz competition as a screening test for the students for selection in the final round to be held on the concluding day of the workshop. The quiz comprised a questionnaire having about 75 questions from various disciplines like general knowledge, general science, current affairs, etc. Dr. Uppeandra Dhar talked on the role of innovation in the development and conservation of biodiversity. He showed how research could be related to innovation and vice versa. He explained the various stages of generation, selection, implementation, improvement and feedback which lead to the development of an innovation. He discussed the tasks before researchers and their role in conservation of biodiversity, water resources and agriculture. He gave the students an opportunity to brainstorm their ideas for biodiversity conservation.

Dr. Ashok Ganguli carried the session forward with his topic ‘Imagining life without Science. “There is nothing in the world today that can run without science”, he said citing examples from everyday life and purposes like antibiotics, electricity, computer programming, transportation or communication. He discussed biographies of the most prominent scientists of the world like Aristotle, Alexander Fleming, Copernicus, Galileo, C.V. Raman, J.C.Bose and many more and talked about the contribution of their inventions in developing the world. He advised the students to be curious and ask questions as that is the route to progress and knowledge. He also gave a presentation on the most recent innovations and projects in the science world. ‘Ordinary people can do extraordinary works’, he quoted motivating the students to think beyond their limitations.

In the post lunch session, students were taken to the DRDE, Gwalior to give them a glimpse of the amazing innovations and equipment's developed by the department for the armed forces. The students were given a tour of the labs and shown inventions of prevention from various diseases and disinfection of poisonous gases, to be utilized by the Indian defense forces during warfare. Autoject Injectors, detectors for typhoid, chikungunia or swine flu, First aid kits for the commandos, Chemical detectors and protection masks were some of the best aids that were developed by the lab. The students were shown an A-V presentation showing the success stories of DRDE Gwalior and how it was awarded with the title of the Best Laboratory in the country. The authorities at DRDE expressed their wish of promoting the young generation towards research and service towards the nation. Thus the third day of the program ended successfully.

Day- 4 : 21 January 2016

The fourth day of ‘Inspire Internship Program 2016’ was loaded with yet another cluster of interesting sessions with Dr. M.S. Marwaha (Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Punjab University, Chandigarh) and Dr. S.N. Tripathi (Department of Civil Engg. IIT Kanpur) as the main speakers for the day. Physics and environmental science remained the major areas of discussions.

Dr. Marwaha initiated the session with a visual trick using mirrors. He carried out a hands on session and emphasized on the effectiveness of experiment based teaching. Using various models and equipment's, he clarified concepts based on earthquake resistance of buildings, values of 1 Newton force, magnetic force and properties of waves. He made the session very engrossing with maximum participation of the students and demonstrations using simple tools. He dealt with some of the most basic concepts of physics with a different approach for better understanding of the students. He even discussed the Rashtriya Aavishkaar Abhiyan, an initiative of the Indian government to promote scientific temperament among students at a very young age. ‘Science can be played, enjoyed and thus learned very easily’, he said while interacting with the students.

The workshop was carried forward by Dr. S.N. Tripathi who gave a presentation on the impact of aerosol on the climate. He presented a case study discussing the impact of smoke, dust and haze on human health, climatic conditions, historical monuments and agriculture. Presenting the aerosol scenario in India, he depicted an analytical graph on the temperature rise and climate change. He discussed the increasing cases of asthma and breathing disorders due to continuous emission of aerosols. He discussed the degradation of our historical heritage Taj Mahal due to aerosol pollutants. He showed his concern over the threat on agricultural production that gets hampered due to pollution. He explained the significance of study of aerosols and to trace remedies of protecting the environment from their impact.

Dr. G.S. Sodhi took up the dais in the post lunch session to make the students aware of the science of forensic and the fingerprint techniques. He narrated the importance of fingerprinting in police department and evidence tracing during crime detection. He gave a pictorial presentation on the characteristics of fingerprints and illustrated different methods of fingerprint identification.Further, he discussed some of the most curious criminal cases of India and the world and showed how they were solved using the fingerprinting technique.

The last session for the day was taken by the Bhatnagar Awardee Dr. Amol Dighe who based his lecture on ‘The flavours of Neutrinos’. Talking about Neutrinos, he said, ‘Neutrinos are one of the most interesting areas of research in the current phase. The recent Nobel Prize in 2015 given for Neutrino Oscillations has opened avenues for new researches in the field.’ He described the properties of Neutrinos and the puzzles that the current scientific world is dealing with regarding its emission from the sun and the atmosphere. He made students aware of the fact that about 1 trillion Neutrinos pass through our body every second without interacting with the body.He disclosed the major areas of research related to the mystery of Neutrinos. The session culminated with the announcement of the names of the selected students for the final round of quiz to be held on the final day of the workshop.

Day-5 : 22 January 2016

This five-day workshop concluded with the final round of an exciting quiz competition followed by enlightening talks of three eminent personalities namely Dr. Anil Kumar Mishra (Associate Director, INMAS, DRDO, New Delhi), Dr. R.P. Singh (Addl. Director, Centre for Environmental & Explosive Safety, DRDO, New Delhi) and Prof. Ritabrata Munshi (School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai).

The initial hour of the session was scheduled for the quiz competition among the selected final 8 contestants divided into four teams. The quiz comprised 9 rounds in total inclusive of physics, chemistry, general knowledge, audio,visual and buzzer round. Vedant Saxena of Gwalior Glory School and Priya Sharma of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 4 won the competition with 110 points. The contestants were presented with the tropies for their victory by the Hon’able Vice Chancellor of AUMP.

The next session was the presentation made by Dr. Anil Kumar Mishra on the role of chemical scientists on reinvention of the biodiversity. He enlightened the students with information diverse usages of chemicals and the associated science for human welfare. He enumerated the functions of chemicals in mapping the internal feature of human body and diagnosis along with utilization of nuclear energy and radioactivity in oncology, neurology and therapeutic healing. He explained how chemicals function as neurotransmitters in sight and sensitivity. He made students aware of the new disease detection technique Distributed Hierarchical Processing that has been useful in easy diagnosis of diseases like Parkinson and Alzheimer. 

Dr. R.P. Singh in his lecture took up the subject of Fire Science and Safety. He explained the scientific concept of fire and how it requires three basic components for ignition- oxygen, heat and fuel. He gave the classification of fire according to its nature. Talking about fire safety, he said, ‘The fundamental principles of fire extinguishing include techniques like Starvation,Cooling, Smothering and Interference. It is important to identify the correct type of fire to fight it properly.’ He demonstrated the NFPA rating which provides colour codes to different types of fires.

The students were next addressed by Prof. Ritabrata Munshi who discussed Number theory and various other fundamental concepts of Mathematics. He started his discourse with his own life story, of how he grew from a boy with a disinterest towards studies to a learned mathematician today. He gave the mantra of ‘Do it your way’ to the students in order to be successful instead of cramming the concepts. He even discussed vital concepts like Fermat’s Little Theory about prime numbers, Euclid’s Geometry, Birth of Algebra and many more that form the backbone of the science of mathematics.

The program concluded with the concluding remarks of the Vice Chancellor of AUMP, Lt Gen V.K. Sharma, AVSM (Retd.) who expressed his pleasure on the successful accomplishment of the program. Further, Prof. S.P. Bajpai extended the Vote of Thanks and expressed his gratitude towards the students, the dignitaries and the entire working staff associated in making the workshop a success. He gave a brief summary of the entire workshop and wished the students good luck for their future. The entire gathering proceeded for the group photograph as a remembrance of the event. The ‘Inspire Internship Program 2016’ was thus declared closed.

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