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The Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology & Environment (HIMCOSTE) is promoting the scientific and technological innovations among the school children in the State so as to bring out the hidden talent in the young minds. To achieve this objective, the Council has been organizing Vigyan Melas (Science fairs/Competitions) for school children since 1998. To ensure more involvement particularly from rural areas, these Melas were extended to Block, District and State level from the year 1991. The feedback received from these programmes has revealed that such programmes have created the interest of students and teachers in science. The National Council of Science, Technology & Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science & technology (DST), Government of India and NCSTC-Network, in the Department of Science & technology (DST), Government of India and NCSTC-Network, in the recent years, introduced the concept of Children Science Congress that is being held at National Level. In the year 1993 Vigyan Mela programme was restructured & renamed as Bal Vigyan Sammelan or Children Science Congress. The programme is now held every year in the State and new activities are incorporated so as to make it more effective and useful for the students, teachers and community. Every year CSC is organized at four different levels i.e. Sub-division, District, State and National Level. The programme is organized in collaboration with NCSTC, DST, NCSTC-Network and Department of Education, HP for the students studying in 6th-12th classes. It provides forum for the children between 10-17 years of age to undertake study in their locality applying the methods of science under the prescribed theme. The outcome of the study is presented through project reports along with posters at different levels of CSC. In this programme, emphasis is laid on learning by doing and on field projects to be undertaken by children under the guidance of teachers. The programme has been successful in creating interest in science among students & teachers. Up to District level, the programme is organized by the Department of Education, through Deputy Director (Education),Science Supervisors/ Science consultants as per the programme guidelines. However, the students are selected for National Level CSC at State Level Science Congress.
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