Ensure children’s education, Shahi tells parents

PATNA: Reiterating the need for improving the quality of education in state, education minister P K Shahi on Wednesday appealed to parents to pay attention to schooling of their children and ensure they were regular in schools.

Addressing an award presentation ceremony of Innovation In Science Pursuit for Inspired Research ( ISPIRE) and also marking conclusion of the three-day Shiksha Diwas celebrations, Shahi said, “The government can only provide infrastructure, but it is the parents who would have to see that the students are attending all the classes at the school. That would lead to a developed Bihar.”

Altogether 20 students out of 400 entries were shortlisted with their creative projects to be sent to the national round of competition for INSPIRE award. “Even those who have not won any award should not be disheartened. They would get many more opportunities in future,” said Shahi.

Congratulating the education department for successfully organizing the three-day Shiksha Diwas event, Shahi said the youngsters of the state were very talented and would bring brighter days for the state.

Praising the students for their innovative projects, principal secretary, education, Amarjeet Sinha, advised them to compete with self, not others. “Meditation is the best way of self-improvement as it gives some rest to the grey cells,” said Sinha, exhorting students to devise ways in which their science projects could be put to practical use.

The top 20 students whose projects have been selected for the national level are: Shakshi Kumari, Manisha Kumari, Sri Ram Pathak, Rimi Kumari, Ananya Kumari, Alok Kumar, Divyanshu, Cinni Kumari, Sumit Kumar, Mantosh Kumar, Aditya Raj, Chhaya Kumari, Pinki Kumari, Nitish Kumar Singh, Raj Kamal, Puja Kumari, Abhinav Kumar, Abhinav Kumar Ray, Laxmi Kumari and Harsh Pathak.

Footfalls were high at several stalls, with children enjoying games and other activities organized by the education department. A colourful cultural programme was also organized at the S K Memorial Hall on Wednesday. Special lectures on ‘communal harmony” by Ezaz Ali Arshad and ‘national unity’ by Prof Arun Kamal were also held on the occasion.

During the three-day event, students also displayed their skills at the 41st state-level science, math and environment exhibition 2013, organized by the State Council of Educational Research and Training and the winners in each of the sub categories were awarded on Wednesday.

Begusarai girl wins top award

If you thought that science and technology was not a girl’s cup of tea, think again. Begusarai girl Shakshi Kumari, a class X student, topped the state winning the INSPIRE award for devising an automatic fire alarm cum extinguisher that would extinguish fire without human intervention. Asked how she got the idea for the project, Shakshi said, “If there is a fire at the workplace or home when no one is present, there is much loss of property. I thought my apparatus would be able to reduce the damage.” It took her 15 days to complete the project with some help from her science teacher Arvind Kumar Chaudhary. Born to Satyendra Kumar, an LIC agent, and Nandan Kumari, a teacher, Shakshi said she wants to become an IAS officer.

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