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Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 11:39am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
Scientific programmes organised by premium institutes in the city enthralled students and parents alike
  • A correspondent DNA

For standard IX students Akshata Bhimnale, Shraddha Kathal and Aishwarya Adsul of Bhosari’s Shri Swami Samarth Vidyamandir a day’s off from school still meant learning, true to the saying of ‘learning outside classrooms’. 
The students along with their teachers visited the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics(IUCAA) that had organised a day-long programme to celebrate Science Day. Every year, February 28 is celebrated as the National Science Day commemorating Nobel Prize winning discovery of eminent scientist CV Raman.
It is for the fourth consecutive year that science teacher Anita Deokar is bringing students to IUCAA on National Science Day. 
“All that we teach in class gets understood better when students see and experience it through working models and experiments. It is a great opportunity that we as teachers get to develop the interest of students,” she said.
Seeing the working of scientific model explaining the Newton’s laws of motion, the students said they were highly inspired by it and would try emulating similar works for their various academic activities.
IUCAA, that saw over 4,000 visitors on Friday, played a perfect host not just to school students but every science lover. Along with school students the centre also saw several parents with their young children showing keen interest in the displays. One such parent was Virendra Binavarkar. 
“My five-year-old son shows a lot of interest in science and I hope to channel his liking through such events,” he said. 
Centre for Development of Advanced Computation(C-DAC) too saw students and others queuing up to see their latest supercomputer PARAM Yuva II which was open for display. 
Additionally, the setup of the software named Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) were being distributed. TDIL aims to empower people from regional backgrounds to use computers, with the software being available in multiple languages including Assamese, Bodo, Santali, Sindhi among others.
Sajan Wadhwani, joint director for C-DAC, said, “The development of the software is a Government of India initiative taken seven years ago which focusses on the 80% population having a regional language proficiency. This free software, that can also be downloaded has over one crore users till date.” 
Marathi and Hindi versions of the software were the most sought after at the distribution centre. Among the other displays was Shrutlekhan-Rajbhasha, a Hindi speech to text converting software tool, that is being widely used across government offices. Science Day was observed even at IMD that saw close to 1,000 curious students and parents visiting.
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