CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow organized "Open Day" for Students on 82nd CSIR Foundation Day

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*Various interactive events and competitions were organized for the participants along with lab visits*

Bureau chief R L Pandey

Lucknow। 2023: The CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) Lucknow celebrated the 82nd Foundation Day of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with a vibrant and educational "Open Day" event, welcoming school and college students from across the region including Sultanpur, Hardoi, Raebareli, Unnao, Kanpur and Lucknow. This commemorative event, held on September 26th, was a testament to CSIR's pivotal role in advancing scientific research and innovation across India.

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CSIR, the premier body overseeing 38 laboratories and institutes across the country, marked its Foundation Day by opening its doors to the future generation of scientists and researchers. Approximately 1100 enthusiastic students and educators from 25 schools and colleges enthusiastically participated in this engaging and informative experience at CSIR-CDRI Lucknow.

The "Open Day" at CSIR-CDRI provided an opportunity for students to delve into the world of science and innovation. The event featured a wide array of activities and attractions designed to spark curiosity and inspire young minds. 


Highlights of the day included:

• *Exhibitions*:  Students had the chance to explore captivating exhibitions showcasing the groundbreaking achievements of CSIR and the Central Drug Research Institute. These exhibitions shed light on the significant contributions made by the institutions to the fields of science and technology.

• *Lab Visits*:  Participants got the opportunity to guided tours of state-of-the-art laboratories, where they witnessed cutting-edge research in action. These behind-the-scenes visits offered a glimpse into the scientific work being conducted at CSIR-CDRI.

• *Interaction with Scientists*:  Students had the unique opportunity to engage in one-on-one discussions with esteemed scientists from CSIR-CDRI. These interactions allowed them to gain insights into the life of a scientist and the fascinating projects being pursued.

• *Hands-on Experiments*:  The event also featured hands-on experiments that allowed students to explore scientific concepts in a fun and interactive way.

• *Science Model Competition*:  Aspiring young scientists showcased their ingenuity in a science model competition, where they presented innovative projects and ideas. Winner team of this event was Suryansh, Shurti Singh and Pragya Singh from Lucknow Public School (LPS) Ahiyaraipur, Raebareli, second prize goes to Adyasha Patel from Kendriya Vidyalaya RDSO, Lucknow and third prize winner was Shubhankar Tripathi from Army Public School LBS Marg Lucknow.

• *Quiz Competition*:  A stimulating quiz competition tested the students' knowledge and quick thinking, with exciting prizes up for grabs. Winners of this event was Utkarsh Verma and Versav Raj from LPS Ahiyaraipur, Raebareli and second winners were Arnav Singh and Akash Singh Yadav from LPS, Sector D and third winners were Kartik Budhiraja and Nidhi Tiwari from LPS South City Lucknow.

• *Debate Competition*:  A thought-provoking debate competition was held today the winner for topics 1. Artificial Intelligence will do More Harm than Good in the Future was Divyanshu Dixit, LPS South City in favor of and in against Aiyesha Ameen from LPS Jankipuram. For the second topic on Space Exploration is Worth the Investment and Efforts and the winner were Pranjali Yadav, from Army Public School LBS Marg Lucknow in favor of and in against Vini Sonkar from Lucknow Public School (LPS) Ahiyaraipur, Raebareli.

The "Open Day" event at CSIR-CDRI was a resounding success, fostering a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world of science among the young attendees. It served as a platform for aspiring scientists and innovators to interact with seasoned professionals and gain valuable insights into the world of research and discovery.

Dr. B. N. Singh, Chairman and Convener of the Open Day event, expressed his delight at the overwhelming response from students and schools, emphasizing the importance of nurturing scientific curiosity from a young age. He stated, "We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to host this event and inspire the next generation of scientists. CSIR-CDRI remains committed to advancing scientific knowledge and innovation in India, and events like these are crucial in fostering a culture of scientific curiosity."

CSIR-CDRI looks forward to continuing its efforts to promote scientific education and research among students and to building a brighter future for India through scientific excellence.

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