‘Rationale thinking, understanding must in science education’
STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 15th May:
Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh has said that developing rationale thinking and understanding are essential in learning science.
He was speaking as chief guest of the closing function of Science Meet - 2018, Tuesday held at the campus of National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT), Akampat here.
The deputy CM said, “Thinking, imagination, observation, analysing concepts and derivation are the basic constituents of learning science,” while further explaining that science means trying to understand the concepts behind things and happenings around us.
Joykumar continued that although modern education came late in the state, Manipuris have been able to learn and understand science. As a result many scientists from the state are working around the globe. This is a clear example of how scientific temperament can be adapted among us.
Stating that human beings are much more superior to other creatures because of their ability to think and imagine things around us, the he said that one should use his/her brain to think and take steps which are productive and helpful to people as a whole.
He appealed to the people especially young minds to develop thinking habits so that more and more innovative ideas could be developed which will help in ensuring comfortable living.
MASTEC director Th Surendranath Singh said that since 1997, every year Science Meet is being organised to make students aware of science and technology. There have been a number of models developed by the students which could be upgraded to invention category. It is an encouraging step and therefore, MASTEC in association with various science organisations in the state has been working to nurture them.
Director of Science & Technology E Ibocha Singh said that the department has been trying to open an Innovation Hub at Takyelpat. It will cater to the needs of young minds to develop innovative ideas by using facilities in the hub.
The Deputy Chief Minister handed over Dr Ibeyaima Innovation Award to Dr RK Kishore Singh and State Science Communicator Award to N Shyamkishore Singh.
He also distributed awards to the students who got positions in the Science Model Competitions and other competitions which were conducted during the meet. Altogether 60 Science Models were exhibited during the meet which began from May 11.