KVPY Summer Science Camp
KVPY Summer Camp at IISER Mohali was organized during June 6–10, 2011. In this camp more than 100 KVPY scholars from all over the country spent a week at IISER Mohali learning about science through lectures, demonstrations and experiments. The talks were organized so as to expose the KVPY scholars to a variety of themes including social sciences. The camp was inaugurated by Director IISER Mohali Prof. N Sathyamurthy and the KVPY national convener Professor Chandrasekaran delivered the first lecture on ”Chemistry for Sustainable development”. The speakers were chosen from diverse fields of science and social science and included Prof. G Srinivasan (IITB), Prof. Dhruv Raina (JNU), Prof. Harjinder Singh (IIIT), Prof. Mohan Ram (Delhi), Prof. Umashaankar (GKVK), Prof. D V S Jain (PU), Dr. D Raghunandan (CTD-DST) and Dr. Jaspreet Takhar (Chandigarh). Faculty members from IISER Mohali also delivered lectures during the camp.
The entire IISER faculty played a crucial role by volunteering in various capacities. The chemistry demonstrations were organized by Dr. S A Babu and Dr. R Vijaya Anand. The biology demonstrations were organized by Dr N.G Prasad and Dr. Kausik Chattopadhyay. The physics demonstrations were organized by Dr. K P Singh and Dr. Sanjeev Kumar. The mathematics demonstrations were organized by Dr. Amit Kulshreshtha. Dr. Ramandeep Johal organized the film screenings. Dr. Kavita Dorai, Dr. Sanjay Mandal and Dr. Samrat Mukhopadhyay organized student visits to research facilities in CAF. The overall camp organization was coordinated by Prof. Arvind. IISER Mohali student volunteers participated in a big way in the organization of this camp and in particular in the process of showing science demonstrations to the KVPY scholars. They were guided by the faculty and the demonstrations were organized under by the Outreach Cell of the Institute.