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World Science Day for Peace and Development celebrated in Kolkata


Kolkata: The World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated worldwide every year on this day. The Guru Nanak Institute of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology (GNIPST) celebrated the day by organizing a one-day national seminar.

The day is marked for improving the future of science and its power. The initiative is taken to educate people about the importance of science in social issues.

The power of science can provide solutions for better water management, preservation and ecological use of the deep-sea. It can also protect the environment and biodiversity and help people tackle climate change and environmental calamities by substitute innovation.

The Indian government, as well as the education centers in the country, are gradually trying to shift their focus from theoretical teaching to focus on experimental education. Working in the same direction, GNIPST celebrated the World Science Day for Peace and Development by conducting a seminar.

The seminar named ‘Science for Nation Building, Current Innovation in Biotechnology for Human Welfare’ focused on bringing out the principles of science and technology, especially Biotechnology and Microbiology outside the boundaries of classrooms.

Dr. Swati Chakraborty, who organized the event, said the seminar was conducted to help students bridge the gap between theories and reality. Science has more social applicability than what is currently used and that is the point that the conference tried to explain to the students and society.

“The main agenda for this year’s meet was to bring out the usage of Biotechnology and Microbiology in reality to carry out human welfare and development in rural areas by studying and researching about it outside laboratories,” she said.

Scientists and researchers from renowned institutes like Indian Statistical Institute, Bose Institute, Cancer Research Institute and students from various colleges were invited.

The conference gave opportunities to the students to connect with the scientists to showcase their interest in various research projects. It also clarified any doubts that the students had and gave them an opportunity to collaborate with these scientists.

With large scale worldwide celebrations of the World Science Day for Peace and Development every year, global solutions to various issues can be achieved. Therefore, such days should be brought to notice in India and across the globe, and with better awareness among the masses, we can hope to move towards a safer environment.


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Tips To Help In Decision-Making If You Wish To Study Abroad

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Five tips to decision-making if you want to study abroad

Among the more important things we do in life is to take decisions. At a time of information overload, this can be particularly challenging. And yet, this is the time of year when students have to make up their minds on their future course of study abroad. It is one of the most difficult and important decisions they would need to take and would, most certainly, impact them for the rest of their lives.

Trends suggest that there would be an increasing number of Indian students who would be opting for higher studies, particularly in Australia.

What are some of the key things to keep in mind?

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Do your homework, but don’t get bogged down: Doing your homework and basic research are important, but too much information can make decision-making difficult and even confusing. It is important to decide what subject you would like to pursue, where you would like to study abroad, whether you meet the entry and eligibility criteria and, finally, do you have the required funds to pay for it. Given the Indian Rupee-Australian Dollar exchange rate, studying in Australia is significantly cheaper than opting for the US and the UK, which pose additional and new challenges.

Know how to apply: If you are going through an education agent, first find out which education agents have been empanelled by the university of choice. For instance, the internationally-ranked University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, has only 12 registered India-based education partners. No one else is authorised to process student applications. The list is available on the university’s website. Furthermore, empanelled agents are not authorised to charge students for services they render. Such payments, or commissions, are paid by the university.

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Know why you are pursuing higher studies: Simon Sinek, in his path-breaking book, “The Power of Why”, emphasised the misplaced emphasis that so many place on “what” and “how” without ever knowing “why”. If we know “why” we are planning on a particular course of action, other things fall in place. In terms of sequencing, “why” is where we first start. You can decide, for instance, to pursue an undergraduate course in Finance and Accounting if you are clear in your mind as to why you would like to do so. Once you know your “why”, the “where” is easy.

Embrace Change: Often our parents, in particular, and sometimes even we, fear the uncertain. Living abroad, especially if it is the first time, can be challenging. Is it safe? What is the culture like? Would my son or daughter make friends? Would the studying and living culture cause problems? These are all legitimate questions and anxieties. At the same time, if the decision is to study abroad, it is important to be open to change. Some things might be similar to what we are used to but there would be big differences in several other aspects. What is particularly fascinating is that “other cultures” open up the mind to new ways of seeing and thinking — and even behaving.

Also Read: The Critique Of The Indian Education System

Learn with Passion: We can learn every single day but only if we are open to it. “Smell the roses” we are told and yet, we rarely do. Employability is not a quotient of how many books we have read or quotations we know by heart but how we are able to relate with our external environment. This is what employers look for because what they want are persons who can work in a team, who can take decisions and, consequently, who anticipate and solve problems without compromising on integrity and values. Great educational institutions recognise this and embed it into their pedagogy. It is what makes them stand out. (IANS)