Rural folks flock IISc on 'Open Day'

Rural folks flock IISc on 'Open Day'

Rural folks flock IISc on 'Open Day'

The ‘Open Day’ at IISc, on Saturday, saw a good number of people from rural areas flocking to the institute. Overall, the turnout was better compared to last year.

One day in a year, IISc throws open its gates to the public for them to experience various activities like experiments, games and presentations organised by its numerous departments. 

According to IISc Public Relations Officer N Krishnamurthy, an estimated 12,000 people participated in the activities. As many as 1,000 were from rural areas. A number of people came from places like Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Bagalkot, Hassan and even Ananthpur in Andhra Pradesh. 

B Sainath and Prakash D, both MTech students of Adichunchangiri Institute of Technology in Chikkaballpur. 

“We have a few friends who study here and involved in day’s activities. We are among the visitors and got a chance to see the engine facilities at aerospace department and visited stalls of other departments.  It is a great place to learn and experience things first hand,” Prakash said. Even the departments located deeper in the campus, such as Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences saw a good number of people visiting the faculty. “The turnout and response of people is definitely much better this year. This is partly due of our efforts at promoting our activities like by distributing pamphlets,” said Ananya S Rao, a third year PhD student at the centre.

A group of 11 students from Seshadripuram Higher Primary School spent almost the whole day at the institute. “I learnt about the process of manufacturing cars and also semi-conductors. I want to become a mechanical engineer when I grow up,” said Sahana M, one of the school students. 

Surya Kiran Sharma, finance professional accompanied his two nephews and was himself engrossed in solving a puzzle at the Centre for Computer Science and Automation (CSA). 

“This is not the first time I have come for this event. This is a very good opportunity for young people to get exposed to a number of different disciplines that will help them make an informed decision about their future plans,” he said.