Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), organised a science exhibition on the national science day on February 28.
An open house for school and college students and citizens was also organized on the occasion. Dr. D.R. Bapat, Chairman of Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS), inaugurated the exhibition. Over two thousand visitors visited the exhibition. The science exhibition was organised by the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) facility of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) near Narayangaon, Pune on 28-29 February.
The exhibition, which says a large number of visitors from neighboring schools, triggered the interest of school students in scientific research. Fossils, medicinal plants, crop varieties, diatoms, lichens, fungi, zebrafish, hydra, drosophila, nanotechnology, bioenergy, bioprospecting are the areas in which MACS-ARI has been conducting research. All these were on display in the exhibition.
ARI also launched its YouTube channel ARI VIDNYAN VARDHINI, and it was launched by Dr. Bapat. The playlist "Science for Commons" features 75 videos made by ARI Ph.D. students and provide information on their Ph.D. research. This is perhaps the first time that a research institute has encouraged its students and staff doing Ph.D. research to upload videos related to their research work.
Exhibits at ARI displayed research in biogas, oil recovery, global warming, Alzheimer's, microbiology, plant and animal fossils, fruitfly, hydra, zebrafish, soybean, wheat, grapes, Android app for measuring hemoglobin, lichens, fungi, diatoms, molecular biology, medicinal plants, etc.
ARI also participated in a two-day science exhibition at GMRT, Khodad.