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Gujarat Students shared their views at the State Science Seminar

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Gujarat Students @ State Science Seminar
While there are numerous conflicts and issues relating to sharing and use of water at the regional, state, national and international level, now the students are ready with lots of viable options for water cooperation along with the effective and judicious management of the precious resources of the planet earth.

Makwana Mustikina Mukhtar, a student of Std X in Mother of Hope School in Valsad District has outlined the plan and activities of the water cooperation for which she was adjourned as the Gujarat State Winner in the National Science Seminar completion organized by the Gujarat Council on Science & Technology (GUJCOST) on 18th September 2013.

Mustikini won a cash award of Rs.10,000/- along with a certificate and one year complimentary subscription of safari science magazine on the hands of Shri Babubhai Bokharia, Hon'ble Minister of Water Resources, Water Supply, Agriculture and cooperation, Animal Husbandry of Government of Gujarat.

Ms Sheetal Ujaval, a Std. X student of Airport School, Ahmedabad won the second prize with Rs.7,500/- cash prize, certificate and subscription of safari magazine.

Ms. Vishwa Patel of Vatsalay International School, Borsad, Anand and Ms. Riddhi Mehta of St. Xaviers School, Kutchh jointly bagged the third prize with Rs.5000/- cash prize each and certificates and subscription of Safari magazine.

Shri Babubhai Bokhiriya, Hon'ble Minister of Water Resources, Water Supply, Agriculture and cooperation, Animal Husbandry of Government of Gujarat addressed the students at the Valedictory Session and handed over prizes and certificates to the meritorious students.

Makwana Mustikina Mukhtar will represent Gujarat at the National Science Seminar to be held at Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai on 8th October 2013.

GUJCOST, working under the aegis of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat is designing a series of activities to teach children to make the world a better place. Initially, GUJCOST has conducted district level competitions during the first week of August at each of the districts through its Community Science Centers and a total of 1265 schools with 1450 students (777 boys and 438 girls), 1173 teachers were participated. In addition, there were more than 5000 students attended this programme as audience and participated during student's presentation and questionary sessions.

Finally, a total of 54 selected students, representing 26 districts were selected and invited to participate in the State Level Competition of the National Science Seminar at Gujarat Science City, Ahmedabad on 18th September 2013. A panel of judges, including Dr. P. R. Gupte and Shri Biswarup Mahapatra from the Central Ground Water Board and Mr. D. N. Rao and Shri B. O. Pandit from the Jal Seva Bhawan, who were evaluated each of their presentation in detail.

As the year 2013 is being celebrated as the International Year of Water Cooperation, the theme of the National Science Seminar has been identified as "Water Cooperation: Issues and Challenges". School students from Std. VIII to Std. X across the country are participating this programme with a six minutes presentation in front of the panel of experts and judges.

Water, a vital resource unlike any other knows no borders. It is essential to life and all round development. Water cooperation is a foundation for peace and sustainable development. Water cooperation contributes to poverty reduction and equity, creates economic benefits, helps preserve water resources, protect the environment and builds peace. When water resources are cooperatively shared and managed, peace, prosperity and sustainable development are more likely to be achieved.

C. Paul. Prabhakar, Regional Director of the Central Ground Water Board, Shri Dilip S Gadhavi, Executive Director, Gujarat Science City and Dr. Narottam Sahoo, Advisor and Member Secretary, GUJCOST, were also attended the valedictory session.

Indian Education Bureau

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