Reaching out with paints for science

The Telegraph

Kalimpong, Nov. 28: The Kalimpong Science Centre will organise a sit-and-draw competition for schools in the sub-division on December 6 and 7 as a precursor to the district-level event it plans to conduct some time in March next year.

The contest will be the recently-opened centre’s first outreach programme aimed at spreading awareness on science and environment. The competition will be held in four categories: Sub-junior (Class I to III), Junior (Class IV to VII), Middle (Class VIII to X) and Senior (Class XI and XII).

The first three finishers in each category will represent the sub-division at the district-level competition which the centre plans to organise in March/April next year.

“But before that, we will be holding separate subdivisional-level competitions for schools in Kurseong and Darjeeling,” said B.B. Gurung, the curator of the centre.

In fact, both the subdivisional as well the district-level competitions were originally planned to be concluded before the end of this academic session in early December.

However, the pen-down strike by the Janmukti Asthai Karmachari Sangathan forced the deferment of the event, the schedule of which now will spill over to the next year.

The staff of the centre are very keen on making the event a success. “Yes, we are very keen to organise the event to announce our presence in the student community of the hills because we want the centre to be a vibrant one,” said Gurung.

The centre, which was set up with financial aid from the National Council of Science Museums, has had a rather jinxed start. It was opened on October 2, one year after the completion of all major constructions.

And just when centre located in the picturesque Deolo hills was witnessing a steady increase in the number of footfalls, the pen-down strike began.

The centre is run by the education department of the DGHC. Those associated with its running are hopeful that the centre will be allowed to fulfil its potential in the days ahead.

“The centre is a boon to the hills, particularly Kalimpong. However, it is up to us to make use of it in a productive manner,” said an officer.

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