'Science not confined to lab, it permeates through life'

'Science not confined to lab, it permeates through life'

The seventh Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) internship programme at the School of Life Sciences (SLS), Manipal University concluded with two talks by Prof Y S Rajan, Dr Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bengaluru and Superintendent of Police K Annamalai. 

Addressing the 170-odd science interns from various parts of the state, who had spent the past five days learning and interacting with various experts in different fields of science, Annamalai spoke about the need for science and scientists in tackling various pertinent societal issues in diverse fields, such as telecommunications, waste management and healthcare. 

He said the students should not restrict themselves to ‘glamourous’ options in their career. But they should be willing to put in the hard work necessary for uplifting the society, which is what scientists do. 

Prof Rajan interacted with the students by posing a series of seemingly unrelated questions. He later tied together by pointing out the futuristic options available for youngsters once they complete their education. 

He observed that science does not belong specifically to laboratory-related problems. It permeates through life and practical problems that people face.
 Prof Rajan said the life expectancy of this and the future generations will only increase brining about a lot of more possibilities for everyone to explore and contribute more in their lifetime. 

He urged the interns and the youngsters to keep training their minds and body and contribute in their own way to development.

Dr Ramjee, director, International Collaborations, Manipal University and Dr K Satyamoorthy, Director, School of Life Sciences, were present.

The winners of quiz and essay writing competitions held during the course of the programme were given away prizes. 

The School of Life Sciences has been conducting this internship programme with the support of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Manipal University, Manipal.

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