The science education tour of students and gaon burhas from 15 schools of Sivasagar district of eastern Assam concluded at the Jorhat district library on Saturday with students performing cultural items of song and dance and interacting with scientists of CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology.
The three-day tour was conducted under the Mukhyo Mantrir Bigyan Darshan Scheme, 2019 and was flagged off by Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha on Thursday last.
Organized by the Jorhat Science Centre and Planetarium and Assam Science Technology and Environmental Council under the State Department of Science and Technology in collaboration with Jorhat district administration, the students and gaon burhas were taken on visits to Assam Agricultural University, CSIR-NEIST and Tocklai Tea Research Institute apart from the Planetarium complex.
On Saturday, they interacted with NEIST scientists Mantu Bhuyan and Manabjyoti Bordoloi.
The district administration was represented by Geetanjali Dutta and the Jorhat Science Centre and Planetarium by its director Pranab Jyoti Chetia.
On the first day, the group of students and gaon burhas were addressed by Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Narayan Konwar who told them that the purpose of the tour was to remove blind faith and superstitious notions especially those responsible for witch hunting and to create an environment which promoted the growth of science and technology.
There were about 45 students and 45 gaon burhas who had travelled in three ASTC luxury coaches.