CHANDIGARH,18.02.20-With the aim of introducing young minds to the wonders of science and promoting scientific temper, Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women organized its annual Science Fest here today. Sponsored by Department of Science and Technology and Renewable Energy, Chandigarh Administration, the fest had 'Emerging Trends in Science and Technology' as its theme this year. As many as 240 students from various institutions from across the region participated in the fest. The inaugural of the fest was graced by Prof. H.N. Ghosh, Director, Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Mohali as the Chief Guest and the Chief Guest for the valedictory session was Prof. Baljinder Singh, Department of Nuclear Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh. Dr. Upendrajeet Singh Gill, Assistant Director- Malaria, NVBDCP and State Surveillance Officer, IDSP, Chandigarh was the Guest of Honour.

In his highly insightful lecture titled 'Nano Science and Nano Technology: An Overview', Prof. H.N. Ghosh enlightened the budding scientists of the college about research in Nano Science and its novel technological applications including the ones in the areas of bioimaging, electronics, textiles, medicine, etc. Raising awareness about the new emerging threat i.e. Novel Coronavirus, Dr. Upendrajeet Singh Gill educated the audience about its outbreak in China and outlined the clinical syndromes of the deadly disease and its precautionary measures. Prof. Baljinder Singh lauded the varied initiatives of MCM aimed at widening the horizons of the students. Government Home Science College, Sector 10 bagged the Overall Trophy.

An Inter-College Fest, the event was an interesting amalgam of exciting competitions like Scientific Rangoli, Scientific Poster on Innovation and Sustainability), PPT on Wildlife Tourism, Scientific Model Making, Scientific Videography, IT Quiz and Green Fashion Show Competition on sustainable lifestyle clothing.

Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava said that Science Fest is an endeavour to celebrate the illustrious contributions of great scientists and provide a platform to budding scientists to showcase their ideas and talent.