Source: News Bharati English08 Dec 2015 11:40:16

New Delhi, December 8: Two thousand school students from Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday assembled at the sprawling lawns of IIT Delhi to conduct ‘the largest practical science lesson’, seeking to script a new world record for the Guinness Book.

The existing world record is held by a group of 1,339 Irish school pupils.

The ‘historic’ event was organized by Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), an organisation for science movement in the country and by the Ministries of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. This is a part of the December 4-8 India International Science Festival (IISF) 2015.

The participating students, with excitement writ large on their faces, got a pep talk from Union Science Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani ahead of the lesson.

A. Jayakumar, Secretary General, VIBHA, said the experiment went smoothly and in a glitch-free manner. “All students conducted the experiment successfully. We will be sending the result to the Guinness Book this evening. Hopefully, the final result would come in three-four days,” he added.

Lokesh Mohanti, a 17-year-old student of National Public School who participated in the event, was ecstatic. “We did it. The experiment went well for all of us. The record is ours,” the exuberant student said while coming out of the huge makeshift laboratory after finishing the experiment.

The nearly 65-minute-long programme began with the schoolchildren of the 9th to 12th standard — 50 each drawn from 40 schools, both government and private — listening in rapt attention to a lecture as a prelude to the experiment.

Neatly attired in their white lab coat and wearing gloves, the students conducted two science practicals, both related to catalysis, a process which makes chemical reactions faster without any additional input of energy.

Huge screens were set up for the students as they conducted the experiment under the watchful eyes of the observers.

To conduct the practical, five students each shared a table with equipments and chemicals. There were 40 stewards to observe students’ work, who would be witnesses to affirm that students did complete the experiment successfully.

Expressing happiness over the IISF event, Irani said efforts need to be made to hold similar festivals in all the states.

“Hopefully, 6-7 months down the line, we would be able to make even a bigger attempt at the world record by assembling 20,000 students at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi,” she said, exuding confidence.

Vardhan congratulated the students for the ‘mega event’. “I am excited like you. I am sure you will succeed and make the country proud,” he said.

“You have the blessings of our Prime Minister who has immense faith in you and the youth of the country. The PM believes that our youth can bring glory to India. They have huge potential to become professionals like engineers, scientists and doctors and create new innovations to mitigate the hardships of the people,” he noted in his address.