Bhubaneswar: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar is organising a programme ‘Vigyan Jyoti’ for Odisha region under the aegis of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India during from June 4 to 24.

The event was inaugurated today in the campus of the Institute at Arugul by AIIMS Director Prof Gitanjali Batmanabane. IIT, Bhubaneswar Director Prof RV Raja Kumar presided over the meeting.

Prof RV Raja Kumar welcomed all the young girl participants for their choice to pursue science and technology as part of their career.

Speaking on the occasion, the Director thanked the DST for initiating such an inspiring programme with a pious objective of encouraging girl students across the country, which carries enormous value in preparing our next generation to be tomorrow’s leaders.

The initiative would help the students not only to empower them with good knowledge but also to interact with academic leaders across the country and to get inspired to pursue a brighter careers in science and technology. He also called upon students to participate whole heartedly and gather actual knowledge than only securing marks in the examination and utilise the programme for their overall development.

Prof Gitanjali Batmanabane called upon students and urge them to dedicate their mind to the process of learning and encouraged them to pursue their career as a passion.

Prof VR Pedireddi, Nodal Officer welcomed all the participants and shared the vision of DST in this initiative and its implementation through Centrally Funded Institutes of MHRD.

As meny as 30 girl students of Class XI (Science stream) across the State  covering the places like Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jajpur, Balasore, Keonjhar, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Malkangiri, Bolangir, Mayurbhanj, Nuapada etc were selected and are attending the programme.

In addition, IIT Bhubaneswar made a special provision for five Class-XI (Science stream) girl students from its six adopted villages of the institute under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Programme to participate on supernumerary basis. All the students are being provided full support (travel, boarding, and lodging) to attend the programme.

Moreover, a scholarship of Rs 5,000 will be given to the participants after the completion of the programme. Prominent female scientists, faculties, entrepreneurs and administrators have been invited to deliver lectures and conduct interactive sessions with the students to motivate them to pursue their career in science and technology.