ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SCIENCE- An Undergraduate Venture

January 24, 1976 An Undergraduate Venture AT a time when the subject of science is very much in the public mind, with the fanfare of the Indian Science Congress and the Pugwash Conference, it is worthwhile to draw attention to the work of a unique organisation of science students in Trivandrum that has now entered the seventh year of its activity. The Science Society of Trivandrum was started in 1969 by a group of undergraduate science students with the stated aims of "creating [among students and the public] a sense of involvement in the advancing sciences'' and of "giving an impetus to original thinking'' VALUABLE LESSONS The student population being a floating and an impermanent one, the continuance of any organisation such as the Science Society that is totally sustained by student initiative, with no official sponsorship of any kind, depends on the keenness with which each batch of students inducts and trains succeeding generations to run the organisation. This the Science Society of Trivandrum has managed to do for almost seven years. At the recent annual general body meeting of the Society it seemed evident that its successful continuance for at least three more years was almost certain (and one cannot look beyond three years since this is the period in which the undergraduate population completely renews itself) Those conceded with policies relating to science education can draw many valuable lessons from the activities of this organisation. A consciousness of the restrictive and outmoded nature of the university syllabi and a desire to do something to remedy the situation prompted the birth of the Science Society in 1969. By organising popular lectures by scientists who were experts in their areas, the Society brought many scientists of the Space Science and Technology Centre, of the post-graduate departments of the Kerala University ,and of several industrial organisations into a certain amount of interaction with the undergraduate student population. Science exhibitions, science quiz sessions, popular science films and group discussions of specialised as well as interdisciplinary natures have formed major activities of the Society, The Society also published for about three years a popular science Journal, Sciencereel, that achieved pro fessional standards in its content, editing and production.

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