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Plasma Physics needs to be introduced at Schools and colleges: IPR Scientists at USTM plasma exhibition


Shri. James P. K. Sangma, Health and Forest Minister of Meghalaya inaugurating the Salim Ali Museum of Biological Diversity at I-Block

9th Mile, Khanapara, Ri Bhoi, August 5, 2022: The 5-day long National Exhibition and Seminar on Plasma Physics has been successfully concluded today at the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya with participation of more than 2500 students coming from 50 different schools and colleges of the region under the guidance of scientists from CPP-IPR Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India. Shri. James P. K. Sangma, Health and Forest Minister of Meghalaya joined valedictory session today as the Chief Guest and handed over Certificates to the participating young students. Shri Sangma also inaugurated the Salim Ali Museum of Biological Diversity at I-Block of USTM today.


Addressing the valedictory session of the 5-day long Plasma Exhibition, Shri. James P. K. Sangma, Health and Forest Minister of Meghalaya said, “the fourth state of matter that is plasma has a vast scope of use in today’s world. I thank USTM for taking up this initiative for acquainting not just our student community but also lay people like us in this very fast moving and relevant technology that is coming up in the field of science”.
Prof GD Sharma, Vice Chancellor, USTM, Dr. A. V. Ravi Kumar, Scientist-H, Head Outreach Division, IPR, Gujrat and Shri. S. G. Esmatur Mominin, MLA, Meghalaya also spoke on the occasion.


Speaking on the occasion, Dr. A. V. Ravi Kumar from IPR, Gujrat said, “Plasma is a new subject to most students and in spite of the fact that it has tremendous applications, it is a subject that is not taught in schools or colleges. This exhibition of plasma is aimed at introducing the topic to students and teachers and also show them its applications and opportunities to possibly pursue this field as a career.” He said that more than 20 exhibits were transported across the country from Gujarat so that the students of Assam and Meghalaya would be benefitted.
This is also the first exhibition of its kind in this part of the country. Both Institute for Plasma Research (Gujarat) as well as our sister establishment Center of Plasma Physics (CPP-IPR), Sonapur have put together this event in collaboration with USTM as part of the Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations. “I hope that young minds from schools and colleges will benefit from seeing this science, which is rather a new area for them and get inspired to pursue plasma science & technology as a career! We hope to organize such events in more regular intervals across the North Eastern states of India in the near future”, Dr Ravi added.


This exciting exhibition cum seminar on Plasma Science and Technology was organized by the department of Physics, USTM in collaboration with CPP-IPR Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India under the theme “Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav” from 1st to 5th August, 2022. The exhibition was participated by more than 2500 school and college students from about 50 educational institutions of Guwahati, Kokrajhar and Ri Bhoi.
The Exhibition includes displaying of working plasma devices, plasma device models, popular talks by eminent scientists on plasma science and technology, training of both school and college the students, quiz competition among students and interaction with scientist and experts. The exhibition was open for participation of students of schools, colleges, universities and the general public.

The 5-day Plasma Exhibition cum Seminar concludes at USTM today. A view of the valedictory session being addressed by Shri. James P. K. Sangma, Health and Forest Minister of Meghalaya, Shri SG Esmatur Mominin, Chairman, Forest Development Corporation Ltd, Meghalaya and Dr A V Ravi Kumar, Scientist-H, Head Outreach Division IPR, Gujrat today at NKC Auditorium, USTM