Continuing our efforts to identify and promote the best talent in the country, the Northern Mentoring Camp for the Finalists of all Affiliated Fairs was organized on 25th & 26th June 2015 at SRM University at Sonepat, Haryana. The camp saw the representation of students & guides from all five fairs – NCERT, NCSC, CBSE, INSPIRE, and NCSM.
The camp was spearheaded by Dr. A K Bhatnagar with support from Dr. Monika Koul, Dr. T V Venkateshwaran, Dr. Sunil Wanchoo & Dr. Indra Dwivedi. The Scientific Committee Members interacted with the students and teachers tirelessly, making them understand the guidelines of IRIS and triggered the thought processes that motivated them to move out of their comfort zones. The challenge was to direct the students and teachers to infuse innovativeness into their existing projects which had been conceived with a different objective.
There were 15 projects and each got quality time with the subject experts. The students and teachers were quite enthusiastic and vied for the maximum time of the experts to get suggestions and inputs that would help them qualify for IRIS National Fair. Special sessions were held on synopsis writing, Do’s and Don’ts for IRIS and Presentation Skills.
In spite of the various drawbacks and limitations, the students and teachers did a wonderful work of assimilating and incorporating the inputs given by the experts and elaborated on their plans as to how they would want to take ahead the project. They presented their ideas and got positive feedback from the experts.
“I would like to appreciate the participants for their pro-activeness. They had taken all our suggestions very sincerely and it was surprising to see that in addition to the inputs they had done their homework and this was evident in their presentation on day 2.” Dr. A K Bhatnagar, SRC Member
One thought that was unanimously echoed by all students and teachers was that – ‘ We really appreciate this initiative that helps us understand what is expected of us. It is not just the students but also the guides who have benefited from this exercise. It will be easier to take ahead the scientific process and empower the students at large. With the direction given, it is possible to achieve the impossible. Thanks and we look forward to more such interactions in the future”.
To further encourage the students, a participant from NCSC who had been to ISEF in May 2016 as an Observer shared his experiences with the finalists. By the end of the camp, the enthusiasm was so high, that each participant hoped that he/she would not only make it to Team India but the next minor planet would be named after them.