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On behalf of SVKM’s NMIMS University, Sunandan Divatia School of Science (SDSOS) celebrated the National Science Day with Josh Foundation (which is a pioneer NGO for hearing impaired kids).

SDSOS organized "Science Exhibition Competition" on this year’s National Science Day- 28th February 2017 only for the ’Hearing-Impaired’ Students.

The theme of the year 2017 was to celebrate it with "specially-abled persons”. The movement was focused on supporting hearing impaired children. This was first of its kind in Mumbai as well as in India.

National Science Day is celebrated as one of the main science festival in India every year on 28th February during which school and colleges demonstrates various science projects as well as national and science institutes demonstrate their latest researches, to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by Nobel Prize winning Indian physicist, Sir. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on the same day in the year 1928.

Children from nine specially-abled hearing impaired schools studying between class 5-7th standard from all over Mumbai participated in this one day event, wherein they displayed their science exhibits (one per school) and participated in the inter school competition. Additionally, students of SDSOS also displayed their science projects to encourage these special kids.

Few students from regular schools were also invited for learning and also to encourage these students. Around 400 students got involved in this one day event.

The idea was to encourage the students with special needs and contribute towards their teaching and learning process about science. JOSH foundation partnered with this event.

The sponsors were: NMIMS Management, Widex India Pvt. Ltd., Prabha Textiles, Phaex polymers Pvt. Ltd., Eppendorf India Limited, Allianz BioInnovation, Genex Life Sciences Pvt Ltd, Inner Wheel Club of Bombay North West, Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd., Anupam Stationary, Epigamia Greek Yogurt for co-sponsoring this event. A special thanks to The Hindu our media partner.

Projects on various concepts of science were exhibited with models created to explain pressure and its applications, study of human body, reusing waste products, rain harvesting, create vaccum cleaner, cooler with detailed explanations and few projects providing details using laptops which also showcased their awareness to use science and technology.

Mook Dhwani Vidhyalaya won the First prize for the concept - Best out of waste.

Second prize was received by The Stephens School for showcasing innovative ideas in science and hydro energy in the best form and Sadhana Vidhyalaya took home the 3rd prize for showcasing a vacuum cleaner.

Dr. Jayant Gandhi (Founder Trustee of JOSH Foundation) says, "We, at JOSH believe that this opportunity given exclusively to hearing impaired children will help them to look at alternative careers in the field of science and technology. This special effort will be a stepping stone for better future of these children."

"We thank the initiative taken by NMIMS faculty and the students and appeal to all others to carry out such activities which will help to boost the morale of these children. Open the doors to various options which were otherwise only available to normal hearing children!" Says Devangi Dalal ( Founder Trustee of JOSH Foundation)

For Further information pl. contact—Dr. Purvi Bhatt (9821379090), SDSOS NMIMS

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