Muscat: The Indian Science Forum’s annual Science Fiesta 2023 brought together hundreds of students from Indian schools located in different parts of Oman.
The Rolling Trophy was won by the Indian School Al Ghubrah.
Organised under the Indian Social Club, this year’s theme was India’s Space Journey: Moon, Mars and Beyond.
On the first day, students participated in various competitions such as debates for juniors and seniors, on the spot projects and photography contest, digital symposium, and science exhibition.
Dr J Retnakumar, Coordinator, Indian Science Forum, Indian Social Club, Oman said the students’ performances were beyond expectations.
“The two day annual science fiesta by Indian Science Forum of Indian Social club Oman has thrown light to the amazing student talents in Oman. Through the competitions, talents were exposed. I was so delighted to see the excitement, enthusiasm, optimism and participative spirit of students that was ably supported by parents , teachers, principals of Indian schools in Oman. We shall conduct more competitions which will promote the talents of students in the days ahead,” he explained.
The Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Amit Narang, delivered the inaugural speech where he conveyed his impressions about students’ scientific exhibition that was held at the Innovation Centre at National University for Science and Technology.
On behalf of the Indian Science Forum, Dr J Retnakumar, coordinator presented the ISF APJ Abdul Kalam award to Padma Shri Dr Mylswamy Annadurai, Former Director of ISRO. He had planned from scratch and successfully executed internationally reputed projects like Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan.
Professor Dr Sudhir CV, ISF’s Executive Member read the citation for the award.
In his keynote address, Chief Guest Dr Myl Swamy Annadurai said he was surprised by the award but he said it goes on to prove that when you do your work well the society will appreciate the achievement and looked forward to the students achieving them in the future.
“I was impressed how well the students were prepared as they were ready for the questions. I asked one of the students why there was no school complex in his space colony in Moon and Mars. He took a few seconds and bounced back, “By then we would be using android for education. The students have arrived,” said Dr Annadurai.
Dr Ali Al Bimani, Vice chancellor of National University of Science & Technology said, “Science and Technology holds the key to the progress and development of any nation. For any successful economy, particularly in today’s quest for knowledge-based economies, science, technology and engineering are the basic requisites.”
The General Secretary of Indian Social Club, Babu Rajendran congratulated the Indian Science Forum for the excellent initiative of promoting Science among the young students. The Indian Social Club that operates under the umbrella of the Ministry of Social Development has three branches.
Shree Sudha Vishwanathan, the founder and CEO of Edutech is an enthusiastic scientist turned entrepreneur working towards educating the young generation in the field of space science and technology. She is currently working on an ambitious students satellite project called Mahasat along with Dr. Annadurai for Bits Pilani, Dubai. On behalf of Indian science Forum she was felicitated by Dr J Retnakumar.
Latha Sreejith, Co Coordinator announced the winners of the Sastra Pratiba award. Suresh Akkamadathil, Administration Coordinator expressed vote of thanks on behalf of Indian Science Forum.