New Delhi: Dr G Narahari Sastry, Director of the North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), Jorhat, Assam, is leading an initiative in the city to connect young research scholars with the issues faced by the rural society. It is a part of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s – CSIR-800 program.
Young researchers from CSIR’s Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) were taken to a neighbouring village to give them a better understanding of the real-life issues faced by the villagers.
On the first day, the team comprising two medical staff visited the Porbotia Gaon High School and performed the basic health survey and interacted with the students and the teachers. Along with discussing the daily food habits of the students, they tried to motivate the students towards science by displaying various scientific videos. The opinions of students regarding the quality of education were also recorded.
On the second day, the team visited 37 households and interacted with one hundred and seventeen villagers about their daily livelihood, health, agriculture, primary income source, and other difficulties. On the last day of this initiative, the team collected soil and water samples from the village for analysis.
Later in the day, Jiban Jyoti Mahanta, Coordinator and Scientist, AcSIR, held a formal meeting with the school authorities and the local people. He informed them about the various rural technologies present in the institute and how they can avail the same. The meeting laid emphasis on the self-employment of the women by acquainting them with new technology.
Leema Dutta, Research Associate of CSIR-NEIST, used this opportunity to spread awareness about the deadly Coronavirus (COViD-19), its symptoms, and the precautionary measures.
The CSIR-800 program highlights that science is for the benefit of society at large. Also, through this program, scientists are able to fulfil their social responsibility in a more direct manner.