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Now, govt puts the brakes on free Science City tour

Now, govt puts the brakes on free Science City tour

Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10

Besides depriving government schoolgirls of cycles and anganwadi children of food, the state government has also denied the schoolchildren of an opportunity to have scientific exposure.

Not even a single government school student has been taken for Mukh Mantri Vigyan Yatra to Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala.

With an aim to imbibe scientific temper, the yatra was launched in 2015. Under the scheme, the government would take around 1.5 lakh schoolchildren to the Science City every year. But this year not a single child was taken for the tour under the programme.

It all happened due to the alleged mismanagement by the Education Department.

Sources said the state government had not taken the issue of the Central grant from the Union Ministry of Human Resources seriously, which used to give around Rs 2 crore to the state every year. The HRD Ministry gives Rs 200 per student, which includes Rs 115 for entry ticket and Rs 85 for transportation.

Besides, the state government has its own fund of Rs 5 crore for the yatra, but the government has failed to spend that amount too. The issue was even discussed in the last governing body meeting of the Science City held in July, which was chaired by the Chief Secretary. In the meeting, the department advised to utilise its own funds.

Krishan Kumar, Secretary, Education, was not available for comments.

The objective of this scheme was to apprise the schoolchildren of various scientific activities related to earth and universe to rekindle an urge for scientific temper and quest for advanced learning in these subjects. It was launched by the then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal with an announcement that it was a need of the hour to make a paradigm shift in students’ mindset to develop aptitude and curiosity for knowledge in science subjects to enable them to compete globally with their peers during their pursuit of excellence and professional career.

The government has already drawn flak for stopping the scheme to provide free cycles to the girls studying in government schools and failing to provide food to anganwadi children.

Vigyan Yatra

  • The Mukh Mantri Vigyan Yatra was launched in 2015 to boost students’ interest in science. 
  • Under the scheme, the government takes around 1.5 lakh schoolkids to the Science City every year. 

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