NewsNational Science Day Celebrations - 2020 28-02-2020
National Science Day is celebrated all over the country to commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect by Dr. C. V. Raman on 28th of February in the year 1928. Welham Boys’ School celebrated this great man and his discovery with great enthusiasm on the 28th of February 2020.
Special invitee, Mr. Rajan K. Pillai, ex CEO and MD – Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited (ISPRL) also known as the “Cavern Man of India” was present to grace the occasion. A pioneer in the field of underground rock cavern storages in India, Mr Pillai is currently working as a Technical Advisorto HPCL for its underground LPG storage project at Mangalore. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT BHU and a degree in Master of Engineering, in Energy Planning and Policy from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.
The learned personality gave a riveting talk to the entire school on ‘EXPLORING UNDERGROUND SPACE FOR HUMAN ACTIVITIES’. The audience understood the concept of caverns with so much ease as Mr. Pillai made the presentation extremely interesting along with a slide-show of the process of making caverns. It helped to transmit a complicated concept to students in a simple form. The exploration of underground spaces for human activities is the need of the hour as today India is grappling with overcrowded cities, traffic chaos and urban congestions. Besides, in the time of war, fuel and necessary goods could be stored in these caverns to help the country tide over the unfavourable time.
The series of events for the day included putting up handmade posters in the school campus on related concepts by the Middle and Junior School students. After the completion of the interactive session with Mr. Pillai, students of Grades-IX and XI headed for field trips.
Students of Grade XI visited the Indian Institute of Petroleum and The Geological Survey of India. At the Indian Institute of Petroleum, they were able to see the making of biodiesel from Jatropha trees, the process of making fuel from edible oil, the fractional distillation unit and the research work carried out by scholars to convert cell walls of microorganisms into fuel. At the Geological survey of India, the students were able to see theodolite, an instrument which is used for measuring angles in the horizontal and vertical planes. They also explained the calculation of the timings of high tides and low tides using data collected from water currents and various positions of the moon.
Students of Grade IX visited The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology and the Subir Raha Oil Museum at the Oil and Natural Gas Commission. The museum at Wadia Institute offered a glimpse of the mighty Himalayas, their origin, evolution in time and space, natural resources, life in the geological past, earthquakes and environmental aspects. In addition, the students also visited the Seismograph Section where they were made to understand the working of the various sensors and how the recording of earthquakes is done. Last, but not the least, the students’ visited the Electron Microscope Section where they were able to understand the technique used for obtaining high resolution images of biological and non-biological specimens. At the Subir Raha Museum the students were able to understand various processes of oil production, exploration and its allied activities. The highlight of the visit to this museum was undoubtedly seeing the huge Foucault pendulum which exhibits the earth’s rotation.
Overall, it was a day well spent with the students having a lot of fun and seeing things that they might have never noticed before. They were not only exposed to the infinite possibilities of space below earth, but also could see various instruments like a seismograph, Foucault’s pendulum and fractional distillation methods used in daily lives.