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Science Day 2012 Schools Programme organized by the Science Popularization division of the National Science Foundation was successfully conducted under the theme ‘Innovation for Sustainable Development’, at the New Main Hall, BMICH on 24 January 2012. This was the 8th Science Day Schools Programme organized by the NSF.

This Programme was initially planned to conduct on 02 November 2011 at the BMICH as the ‘World Science Day 2011 – Schools Programme’. Due to an unavoidable reason, it was decided to postpone the programme to 24 January 2012 and to conduct it as ‘Science Day 2012 – Schools Programme’.

His Excellency, Dr Abdul Kalam, former president of India paid a surprise visit to the Science Day Programme along with Prof. Tissa Vitarana, Hon. Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs. Hon. Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Technology and Research was the Chief Guest of the Science Day Programme. HE, Dr Kalam delivered a lecture addressing especially the school children and it was done in interactive manner and the impact of the lecture was tremendous.

Prof. Sirimali Fernando, Chairperson, NSF warmely welcome the participants to the Science Day 2012 Schools Programme. Dr Jayantha Wattavidanage, Chairman, the NSF National Committee on Science Popularization made a presentation on ‘Igniting Young Minds with Science’, which elaborated the activities conducted by the NSF for the School Community. Vote of thanks was made by Ms Sunethra Perera, Acting Director, NSF.

Total No. of participants were around 1700 including 1436 students and teachers representing the School Science Societies from all over the country registered with the NSF (1058 Sinhala Medium, 268 Tamil Medium students and teachers and 110 Award Winners).

Science Day Schools Programme is organized annually by the NSF as an award ceremony. This time the winners of the following competitions (list attached) were rewarded with plaques, certificated and cash awards.

  1. Inter School Science Society Competition 2011 (conducted under the theme ‘Innovation for sustainable development’).
    1. Manual Poster Competition
    2. Digital Story Telling Competition
    3. Role Play Competition
    4. Science Fiction Competition
    5. Short Science Drama Competition
  2. NSF Teachers Award for Promoting Science among the School children
  3. Star Rating Awards for School Science Societies
  4. Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair 2011
  5. Prof. M.T.M. Jiffry Memorial Award for Popularization of Science
  6. National Olympiad Competitions

The NSF (Science Popularization Division) conducted all the above competitions excluding the last one. The National Olympiad Competitions were conducted by some other scientific institutes and the winners were felicitated by the NSF at this programme.

Prof. M.T.M. Jiffry Memorial Award was rewarded for the first time and it was won by Dr T.T. Ranasinghe, who was the first winner of the National Award for Popularization of Science in 2006. Prof. M.T.M. Jiffry who was the Chairman of NSF Science Popularization Committee from 2002 to 2010 and did introduce number of programmes to popularize science among the general public as well as the school community. Based on the recommendation made by the NSF National Committee on Popularization of Science, the Board of Management renamed the National Award for Popularization of Science as “Prof. M.T.M. Jiffry Memorial Award for Popularization of Science” from this year.

Awards were presented by Prof. Sirimali Fernando, Chairperson-NSF, Dr Sarath Abayawardana, former Director-NSF, Prof. Uma Coomaraswamy and Prof. Jayantha Wijerathne, members of NSF Board of Management, and Dr Jayantha Wattavidange, Chairman, NSF National Committee on Science Popularization.

Three dance items including the dance for the Theme Song of the Science Day (attached) performed by a dancing group of the National Youth Services Council added beauty to the Science Day Programme.

An attractive stage backdrop designed based on the theme, along with two Plasma TVs fixed in the middle of the two sides of the hall, good sound system, and effective lights provided by AV Productions were helped to run the programme smoothly.

Award Winners 24-01-2012 BMICH

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