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6th Asia Science Camp-29 Students Represents India

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29 Indian Students in Asia Science Camp
The sixth edition of the Asia Science Camp (ASC) is being conducted in Israel this year. A delegation of Indian students, assembled by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, is visiting Hebrew University of Jerusalem until August 31 to attend this event.

ASC is the brainchild of Yuan-Tseh Lee, 1986 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, and Masatoshi Koshiba, 2002 Nobel laureate in Physics, co-proposed after the Lindau Science meeting in 2005. A scientist 'D' of the international Division at DST Rajiv Kumar informs that "ASC provides a globally recognized forum for the transfer of knowledge between generations of scientists and bright students in science".

The chairman of the ASC 2012 Zvi Paltiel, organizing committee explains the philosophy, "It aims to enlighten those talented youths through discussion and dialogue with top scholars in the world and to promote the international friendship and co-operation among the best young students of the next generation in Asia". He includes saying "As a realistic first step it provides students an opportunity to satisfy their desire for learning and inspires them to pursue excellence in science".

Much like the annual Lindau Nobel Laureates science meetings, this regional similitude, gives students from across Asian countries a rare opportunity to interact with Nobel Laureates and other renowned scientists. Keeping the tradition, this year too students will get to meet and learn from Nobel Laureates like Aaron Ceichanover (chemistry, Biology), Roger Kornberg (Chemistry, Biology), Mathematician Robert Aumann (Economics), including co-founder Yuan Lee (Chemistry) and Makoto Kobayashi (Physics), chair of the ASC International Advisory Committee.

However, it is found that the students chosen to attend the event consider it to be an opportunity of their academic life. "I am thrilled to have received the opportunity to not only interact with some of the brightest minds of the scientific community, but also meet and learn from like minded students from across Asia', said Prateek Garg, one such selected student from University of Mumbai.

Paltiel concludes saying that, "In view of the current situation of education in Asia, particularly with respect to science education, which traditionally lacks flexibility in developing student's individuality, creativity, and originality when compared to the school education in the west, it is an urgent task to reshape the education system in our area".

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