Science International Forum- Kuwait (SIF) organized their annual Science Gala on 31 March, at American International School. The ceremony was inaugurated by Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, H.E. Sunil Jain. The distinguished guest for the evening was world renowned cardiac surgeon and scientist, Padma Vibhushan Dr. M. S. Valliathan, along with Dr. Sachin Mandgavne, Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Technology.
A children's movie -'Quantum Indians' with a strong science theme was screened on the occasion. The film, which won India’s prestigious National Film Award in the Best Educational Film category in 2013, highlighted the vital contributions made to science by three renowned Indian scientists, Dr. Satyendra Nath Bose, Sir C. V. Raman and Dr. Meghnad Saha.
Following his keynote address, Dr. Valiathan answered questions from the audience, which was followed by Dr. Mandgavne’s presentation titled ‘Science in Daily Life’. He drew attention to the amazing scientific processes in daily life and emphasized to students how honing their observation skills would help them become great innovators.
The winners and outstanding performers of Sastra Prathibha Contest 2015-16 and Kuwait Children’s Science Congress 2015 received laurels at the function. The students and teachers of Fahaheel Al Wataniya Indian Public School (DPS) received the prestigious ‘Acharya J. C. Bose Sastra Puraskar’ for the best performing school.
To recognize, encourage and celebrate the excellence of educators, SIF introduced the Inspire Excellence Award for Science and Mathematics teachers of Indian schools in Kuwait. The winners of the INSPIRE Teacher’s Excellence Award 2015 awarded for their exemplary service to education on the occasion were Smt. Shyna Koshy (Gulf Indian School), Smt. Saji Baiju (ILOA), Smt. Juliet Mary Sebastian (FAIPS- DPS), Sri. A. Shamshuddin (Indian Central School), Smt. Sunitha Davis (Kuwait Indian School), Smt. Bindu Biju (Integrated Indian School), Smt. Vasanthi Suresh (ICSK- Khaitan), Smt. Jyoti Satishkumar (ICSK- Amman), Smt. Mariam Sam (ICSK-Senior), Smt. Geetha Gangadharan Nair (ICSK- Junior), Smt. Bharti Takkar (Don Bosco ).
Later on 1 April, the 21 Sastra Prathibhas got a unique chance to personally interact with the scientists at IBIS Hotel.
The Science Gala proved to be a memorable opportunity for students, parents and teachers in Kuwait to listen to the top academic and scientific brains of India.