Lessons outside the classroom

Lessons outside the classroom

College life is not just about the cultural fests. Sometimes, the more topical and serious ones can prove to be important as well. NMKRV College for Women recently hosted a one-day symposium called ‘Chem Thirst 2013’.

The postgraduate and PhD students of the subject from various colleges came together to take part in the various activities organised for the day. This fest is an annual event but it was the first time that it was organised at the state level. More than eight colleges took part in the event. The morning was packed with dignitaries presenting lectures on various topics pertaining to chemistry. While Dr R Nagaraj Rao, director of Rane Rao Reshamia Laboratories, spoke about ‘a fascination called chemistry’, Dr GSR Subba Rao, INSA Honorary Scientist, IISc, spoke about ‘metal-ammonia reduction: mechanism and applications in organic synthesis’.

The students and teachers felt that the lectures were helpful and increased their knowledge about the subject. Naazneen, an assistant professor of organic chemistry, says, “That was the main aim of the fest. We wanted to bring more awareness of the subject to the students and allow them to interact with dignitaries and learn something from them.”

For most students, chemistry is a favourite subject. Sandhya, a student of the college, says, “The subject is very interesting, especially in the lab, where we get to learn about the various chemicals and what happens when we mix them.” Though the fest didn’t have any mixing of chemicals, it had other events like a quiz competition and poster presentation, which were included for the first time this year.

“Most of the topics revolved around what we learn in the classroom. So it was easy and we got to use our classroom knowledge on a practical level,” says Sapthala Reddy, another student. Many of the students also volunteered in the different areas of the fest. Working behind the scenes helped them learn a lot. Prabha Nayak, a student of the college, says that the fest was a great way to interact with other colleges as well. “We got to engage ourselves in so many things while putting this fest together. We met students from various colleges and also interacted with our teachers more, which we don’t get to do otherwise,” she sums up.

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