The Pride of India (PoI) Expo organised as part of the Indian Science Congress, which concluded in Imphal on 20 March, was a major centre of attraction. Apart from delegates attending the congress, students and residents of the town thronged it in large numbers to get a glimpse of the achievements of scientific institutions and departments.
The expo was a hub of new ideas, innovations and products encompassing the entire canvas of scientific world: education, defence, space, life sciences, healthcare, agriculture, food processing, energy, environment, infrastructure, automobiles, ICT.
Among the organisations participating in the expo were Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Atomic Energy, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, DST, Indian Council of Medical Research.
The expo was designed to act as a platform for interactions between scientific fraternity and the academia, on the one hand, and entrepreneurs and students, on the other. It was spread over an area of about 18,000 sq m. About 150 organisations participated in it.
A key attraction of this year’s Expo was“Vigyan Jyot” or Flame of Knowledge to popularise science among youth and motivate them to take up science as their career. It was flagged off from Raj Bhawan by Manipur Governor, Dr Najma Heptulla on 14 March and was received by Prof Adya Prasad Pandey, Vice Chancellor of Manipur University.
Students from schools and colleges also displayed models at the expo. Satyabhama of DM College of Science, Imphal, showcased an interesting model titled ‘Solar Smart Street’. He explained, “In a solar smart city, solar energy will be absorbed and stored during daytime and the same will be used to light streets and for other purposes during night”. The model also sought to promote the concept of energy conservation as whenever there was a lull in traffic, street lights also automatically stopped working.
Another model on display showed how electricity may be generated using biodegradable waste in villages. Aadiv from Burnhall School, Srinagar demonstrated how wastes like leaves can be decomposed to make biogas and this biogas may be used to generate power.
T Alisha a student and visitor to the expo said, “It was very interesting and fantastic. Being in a remote area we get few opportunities like this to get to know what is happening elsewhere in the country in the area of science and technology.”
Another visitor, Neingailhing Sitlhou said, “I liked all the exhibits as they were all were on different subjects. It gave us an opportunity to get a peep into the scientific world.”
India Science Wire