National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi


CSIR Programme on Youth for Leadership in Science (CPYLS)

3rd - 4th February 2010


Programme Report


The two daysCSIR Programme on Youth for Leadership in Science (CPYLS)' was organized by National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) on 3rd and 4th February 2010. The programme was attended by seven meritorious students from various schools of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh along with their parents. Dr Dinesh Chandra Uprety, National Fellow & Emeritus Scientist, (ICAR), presided over the inaugural function as Chief Guest.  The dignitaries present on the dais were Dr Gangan Prathap, Director, NISCAIR; Mrs Deeksha Bist, Scientist G & Coordinator, CPYLS and Dr K Y Kavathekar, Scientist G. The programme was inaugurated by lightening the lamp jointly by the chief guest, Dr Dinesh Chandra Uprety, Dr Gangan Prathap, Mrs Deeksha Bist along with the invited students. The function was attended by all senior scientists of NISCAIR. Mrs Deeksha Bist, Coordinator CPYLS, NISCAIR, in her welcome address introduced the gathering about the theme of the programme. She outlined the importance of science in today's world and encouraged young students to discover science as an exciting, rewarding and fulfilling career. During her address, she described the main objective behind this scheme of CPYLS in building up the scientific temper at an early age and to instill a sense of pride in the achievements of Indian science through the unique ‘hand holding' efforts made by CSIR through this programme.


Dr Uprety, in his inaugural speech, emphasized the relevance of global climate change research & technology. Specifically addressing students on the alarming rise in the levels of carbon dioxide in atmosphere he clarified the effect of global climate change on the production as well as physiology of various agricultural crops. Through the PowerPoint presentation, he highlighted the effect of high levels of carbon dioxide on stress physiology & photosynthesis in agricultural crops like mustard and rice. In his presentation, various scientific equipments developed for maintaining the optimum levels of carbon dioxide in agricultural crops were also shown to students.


Dr Gangan Prathap, Director, NISCAIR, in his speech, talked about the passion of science in our day to day life. He emphasized, through examples and real stories, on the importance of science. He asked students to pursue career in science not as a profession only for monetary purpose but to cherish it as bliss to humankind. He also appreciated the interest of participating students in varied scientific fields. Dr K Y Kavathekar, Scientist G, proposed the vote of thanks.


The inaugural session was followed by the introductory session by Mr Rajiv Mathur, Scientist F & Head, Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division, to brief students on various scientific activities being carried out at NISCAIR, Pusa Campus. The introduction was followed by an audiovisual session on “CSIR Contribution for Sustainable Growth of Nation”. The theory sessions were followed by the visit to all divisions involved in the publication of research journals in NISCAIR. Mr C B Singh, Scientist, IT Division, pointed out the importance of information technology in today's world and discussed the flow of information on wireless networks. Mr H Javed Khan, Editor, Science Reporter, talked on ‘Popular Science Writing'. On the visit to Art and Graphics Division, Mrs Neeru Sharma interacted with students on the use of multimedia in information science and technology and showed them the formatting of popular science magazines and books. In the printing division, Mr Nagpal and Mr Pramod Sharma demonstrated various steps involved in the printing and the actual four colour printing on the machines. Students also visited the Raw Material Herbarium Museum (RHM) where Dr H B Singh, Head, RHM, discussed with the students about various exhibits of the museum.


On the second day, the students were taken to National Physical Laboratory (NPL), CSIR to visit the Time & Frequency Division to see the “Atomic Clock”. Mr A K Suri, Technical Officer E-I, NPL, demonstrated and discussed the importance of maintenance of Indian Standard Time at global level. After tea, students had an interactive session with Mrs Kanika Malik, Scientist C, on the role of intellectual property rights in the field of scientific research and technology. She talked about the importance of patents in the development of a nation.


The students were then taken on a visit to NISCAIR, S V Marg Campus. Mr G Mahesh, Scientist, Education and Training Division at S V Marg Campus took students on the round of National Science Library (NSL) and SAARC Documentation Centre (SDC). He also discussed the role of SDC in India and its activities being carried out at NISCAIR. Mrs V V Lakshmi, Head, NSL & National Science Digital Library (NSDL), through a short PowerPoint presentation described the services provided especially for the students by NSL and NSDL. Mrs Nishy P discussed about e-journal consortium and open-access activities of NSL for research students.


The visit was followed by the valedictory function at S V Marg Campus. The function was presided by Dr Gangan Prathap, Director, NISCAIR along with other senior scientists from NISCAIR. Dr Prathap in his speech called upon the young students to brighten their future in the field of science and technology. All the students expressed their views and appreciated the programme. Dr Prathap falicitated the participating students with certificates and sets of books published by NISCAIR. Mrs Renu Arora, Head, Education and Training Division, proposed the vote of thanks. The programme concluded with a hope to have a prospering future of students in the field of science.


Some visuals of the event are given here.