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Students from Bihar selected for 50th national science exhibition face difficulties reaching Pune

The duo tried to book tickets multiple times, but failed. Finally on December 23, they were able to hail a train in a last minute attempt.

Students from Bihar set to take part in event face difficultiesFalak Khatoon, a Class 10 student from Bihar, wanted to present a hygienic paani puri model at the 50th Rashtriya Bal Vaigyanik Pradarshani that will start in Pune from today. (Express Photo)

Falak Khatoon, was looking forward to displaying her hygienic paani puri model at the 50th Rashtriya Bal Vaigyanik Pradarshani (RBVP) kicking off at Balewadi on December 26. But even after multiple attempts of booking a train ticket, Khatoon did not get a reservation.

“We tried every way. In my entire life, I have not tried so hard to get a ticket. Last night we showed up at the station with hope, but our names didn’t reflect on the chart, so we returned home disappointed. We then emailed NCERT that we won’t be able to make it”, said Dr. Rahmat Yasmeen, guide teacher for Falak’s project. Falak is a class 10 student from the Sahkari Project Girls Sr. Secondary School in West Champaran.

Yasmeen had sought help from local politicians but it didn’t lead to any fruition. “They tried to help us, but due to the festive season rush it didn’t go through,” she said.

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They tried to reserve a ticket thrice and also checked for tatkal, but neither worked. “My student missed a valuable experience. I don’t think she will get her participation certificate now. It would have helped her greatly.” said Yasmeen.

NCERT officials while talking to The Indian Express said, “If a student has not participated, we will not issue a certificate. We had informed all the schools about their selection at the same time”.

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Others from the state also report facing similar issues. Guide teacher Anand Vijay of Holy Cross School, Madhepura, said it was not possible to get a train ticket directly to Pune. “We had to take a train from Bihar to Delhi and from there took a flight to Pune” he said.

Vijay’s student Pratyush Kumar has created a model for a Smart gas stove. It is password protected for the safety of children, and also detects gas leakage and shuts the cylinder automatically in such situations.

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Dr. Rajkishor Prasad, teacher of Ibrahim Memorial High School said, “From our school to Pune, the distance is almost 2000 kms. My student showed a lot of perseverance in reaching this exhibition. It would have helped if we were informed a bit early about our selection”.

The duo tried to book tickets multiple times, but failed. Finally on December 23, they were able to hail a train in a last minute attempt.

Prasad’s student, Naveen Chand Singh, is set to display an Indicator Machine of Rainfall. Prasad explains, “Usually when people are sleeping, they don’t realise it is raining and whatever they have kept on the terrace, like grains, gets spoiled. So we have built an alarm to help them prevent that”.

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Meanwhile, Falak’s hygienic paani puri model consists of four pots connected to each other. The first one has a filter to purify water. The pots are connected to a tap which releases the ‘paani’, so that the seller doesn’t have to dip his hand in the pots.

The RBVP is a national level event aimed at stimulating interest in science in the younger generation, hosted every year by NCERT in collaboration with a state or Union territory on a rotational basis.

First published on: 25-12-2023 at 23:27 IST
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