Indian kids sets Guinness record with largest practical science lesson

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New Delhi, Jan 01-15|16:
In the way forward the two organisations will now come together to reach out to school children by providing virtual platform for conducting new innovations. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s initiative of developing inter-ministerial coordination has yielded results, as Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA) attached to the ministry of science and technology and IIT Delhi under the aegis of the human resource development ministry have together entered the Guinness Book of World Record for largest practical science lesson, involving 2,000 school children. This is also the first time a scientific body in India has made to the world record. In the way forward the two organisations will now come together to reach out to school children by providing virtual platform for conducting new innovations. Breaking Ireland’s record where 1,339 students had together performed an experiment as a part of their chemistry lesson that focused on catalysts, in Delhi on December 7, 2,000 students participated in a 65- minutes experiment breaking this Irish record.
The experiment was a part of a five day India International Science Festival (IISF) organized by VIBHA. VIBHA has been organizing science meetings but for the first time it had held this festival at the IIT. “We chose IIT because we wanted to give the young scientists a feeling of being at country’s one of the premium institutions. IIT Delhi graciously lent us the support,” said science and technology minister Dr Harshvardan. After the world record, science and technology ministry now hopes to scale up the festival to the next level. The minister said, “We will sit and review the positives and the lapses and will try to make plans to scale up the event.”

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