Min Nilesh Cabral inaugurates 8th SCI-FFI; urges students to take charge of conserving environment

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Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral urged students to lead the way in preserving the environment. He said that placing the blame on others will have no effect. Start with yourself and make a difference. All
‘I’ s have the power to change things.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the eighth edition of Science Film Festival of India – 2023 on Tuesday at the Inox, Panaji.

Dr. Satheesh Shenoy, National Vice President of Vijnana Bharati and former Director, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Jyoti Kumari, IAS, CEO of Entertainment Society of Goa, Srinivas Dempo, Chairman of the Dempo Group of Companies, Vivekanand Pai, Secretary, Vijnana Bharati, Prof. Harilal Menon, Vice Chancellor, Goa University and Suhas Godse, President, Vidnyan Parishad, Goa were also present on this occasion.

Dr. Satheesh Shenoy praised Vidnyan Parishad’s efforts to make science more accessible to the common populace. He said, “Western nations believe in science, which is restricted to the physical universe. Indian Science, however, has always held that science extends well beyond the physical realm. It is not enough to just cultivate a scientific mentality; we need to develop scientists. And a fantastic endeavour to accomplish the goal is a festival like SCI-FFI, which aims to stimulate young brains in this subject”.

“Science is a subject that surrounds us constantly. Sometimes it gets monotonous when it is taught in class. Thus, Science also need advocates. It must be understood by everyone in order for it to become popular with the broader public. And SCI-FFI is a fantastic platform to achieve this goal”, said Jyoti Kumari, IAS, CEO of Entertainment Society of Goa.

The Chairman of the Dempo Group of Companies, Srinivas Dempo, stated that science and mathematics have historically been India’s strongest subjects. After the British took over, they established a rote-learning-based educational system. However, now that the New Education Policy has been introduced the country will undoubtedly see a transformation.

Suhas Godse, President, Vidnyan Parishad, Goa presented the initiatives taken by the Vijnana Bharati and Vidnyan Parishad, Goa to popularise Science and inspire students and teachers. Prof. Harilal Menon, Vice Chancellor, Goa University welcomed everyone and Manohar Pednekar, Secretary, Vidnyan Parishad, Goa thanked the audience.

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