|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Sept 11: The State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) Jammu recently organized a UT/Divisional level competition for the National Science Seminar (NSS) 2023. The event took place on September 11, 2023, at the SCERT Jammu complex, in a blended mode, and was open to students from Class VIII to X. The seminar was held under the mentorship of Prof. (Dr.) Parikshat Singh Manhas, Director SCERT J&K Jammu, and guided by H.R. Pakhroo, Joint Director SCERT J&K Jammu. The central theme of the seminar was "Millet - a Super Food or a Diet Fad?"
In this competition, 20 district-level winning students participated, with 02 students representing each district. The participants from Jammu Division attended the seminar at SCERT J&K Jammu, while those from Kashmir Division joined the event at SCERT J&K Kashmir.
During the welcome address, Prof. Swarn Singh Jaral, Coordinator of UT/Divisional level National Science Seminar, highlighted the significance of millets. He mentioned that the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets, emphasizing the health benefits of these grains. SCERT has been actively conducting awareness programs and activities to educate students and the public about the advantages of consuming millets.
Several notable educators, including N. P. Singh, Associate Professor, Sh. Kishor Kumar, Associate Professor, Dr. Neeraj Jandial, Associate Professor, Dr. Sanjeevani Sharma, Assistant Professor, Mtr. Parveen Akhtar, Assistant Professor, were present at the event.
During their presentations, the participants discussed the benefits of incorporating millets into diets and stressed the importance of commercializing these often-neglected grains to enhance food security and promote better health. Abroo Bilal from HS Doligam, Ramban secured the first position, followed by Anirudh Singh from Nature's Lap School, Pouni, Reasi District, in the second position, and Anjali Sharma from GHS Jourian, Jammu, in the third position. In the Kashmir Division, Hussain Malik from BHSS Humhuma emerged as the winner.
A final competition was held between the winners from Jammu and Kashmir Divisions in a blended mode. Abroo Bilal from Ramban, the winner of the UT level competition among the divisional-level winners, will now proceed to the National Science Seminar 2023 scheduled for October 12, 2023, at the National Science Centre in Delhi.
The participants' responses to the questionnaires were evaluated by Dr. Rohini Sharma and Dr. Seema Zakir. The presentations were judged by Swaran Singh Jaral, Professor, and Dr. Jyoti Sudan, Academic Officer.