Gangtok, March 10: State Council of Educational Research and Training, Education Department, Govt. of Sikkim organized the State Level Science Mathematics and Environment Exhibition 2020-21 on 9th March at NBBD College, Tadong. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Technology and Toys’ and sub–themes included: Eco-Friendly Material; Health Hygiene and Cleanliness; Interactive Software; Historical Development and Mathematical Modelling.
Due to the present covid-19 pandemic situation, the event was organized in an online mode beginning from district level to state level following the SOP prepared by the Government. Judges evaluated the pre-submitted videos of the schools and interacted with the participants related to their exhibits through Google meet/telephone.
The district-level exhibitions were held on 23rd and 25th February 2021. A total of 73 schools – 23 schools from the East, 13 schools from the North, 18 schools from the South, and 19 schools from the West district, participated in the program. Twenty best exhibits of the district level exhibition were selected by the penal of Judges for the state level exhibition.
At the state level, the videos submitted by the 20 district level winning schools were displayed followed by an interaction round with the judges – Shri Samdup Bhutia, Additional Director, (IT) Education Department, Dr. Sarala Khaling, Regional Director (Eastern Himalayas/ Northeast India) of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) and Dr. Madan Mani Dhakal, Joint Director, National Health Mission.
Namchi SSS, Namchi Girls’ SSS, and Dikling SSS were awarded the first, second, and third positions respectively. The remaining seven schools selected for representing the state at the National level were Bermiok Tokal SSS, Samdong SSS, Rangpo SSS, Kamrang SS, Ranka SSS, Dentam SSS, and Mangan SSS.
Hon’ble Education Minister, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha was the Chief Guest for the day. In his address, the Hon’ble Minister emphasized the need to develop a conscientious attitude towards the preservation of the environment and conservation of water. In this, he highlighted the responsibility of the youth as ambassadors for protecting our environment from man-made disasters and called them the torchbearers for the cause.
The gathering was also addressed by the Additional Chief Secretary of Education Department Shri G.P. Upadhyaya. He appreciated the confidence level and efforts put up by all the participating schools.
Director SCERT Dr. Rabin Chhetri informed the gathering that this was the first occasion to have an exhibition on blended mode. He also appreciated the thinking level of the students and expressed his best wishes to students selected to participate in the National Level Science Exhibition.
A report on the district-level exhibition was presented by Shri Parijit Sutradhar, Head of Science Dept, SCERT. Other dignitaries present in the program were Directors -Planning, MDM, Languages, Secondary Education, Samagra Shikha, Joint Director (East), and Deputy Director (North).