The 26th Western India Science Fair was held on 18 December at Nehru Science Centre in Worli, Mumbai, and which was inaugurated by Arup Basu, President of New Business and Innovation Centre, Tata Chemicals.
34 Science Projects and 15 teaching aids were showcased during the fair by the students belonging to states Chhattisgarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Goa, Gujarat, and Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and few other regions.
While addressing the inaugural ceremony Arup Basu said that the western India Science fair is a magnificent platform to develop a scientific temperament in an atmosphere of exuberance and irreverence. He added that Indian pedagogy is too much focused on structured teaching for which it requires more avenues to complement this semi-structured opportunities of learning.
The Western India Science Fair is organized annually, by the Nehru Science Centre in association with respective State Education Departments. The goal of the fair is to popular science and technology in all cities, urban and rural areas which should lead to the benefit of students by organizing exhibitions, seminars, popular lectures, science camps and many other programs.
Director of Nehru Science Centre, Shivaprasad Khened said that Science fairs are valuable because they assist in developing a curious mind which help in problem-solving and support researching attitudes among young minds.